Quality of life for Braila’s 215,000 residents has drastically improved with the upgrade of municipal water and sewerage services, operational since the beginning of July 2011.
Beyond the primary goals of improving quality of life for the community and dramatically reducing pollution levels in our waterways, this project has brought a number of related successes,” said project manager Costi Cozma. “new sealed roads have been constructed to follow the pipes and our client, the local water company, has gained important experience in delivering large, complex commissions.”
With regional control superseding the former centralised model, boosting the administrative capacity of local institutions is essential if Romania is to get the most out of its EU funding. “We’re able to guide clients through the intricacies of European financing and procurement, standing them in good stead for the future,” explained Halcrow’s head of water, Adrian Uifalean. “clients appreciate the fact that Halcrow is equally as comfortable dealing with EU financial and contractual processes as the technical side.”
The company is currently engaged on ten works contracts in six locations across Braila county – this is set to continue as part of a new cohesion fund finance package secured by the local water operator.
- sewerage network extended by 38km into three districts previously without mains services
- two sewage pumping stations, wastewater treatment plant and 4.2km-long sewage collector constructed
- wastewater treatment plant completed in seven months
- £16.8 million (€20 million) worth of works delivered in four months
- the plant is designed to treat 100,000m3 per day