When it comes to waste water treatment, the situation in Serbia is worrying. Of the 170 cities and towns, only 40 feature the required facilities, it was said today at the first bilateral conference called “Waste Water and Drinking Water Treatment – Best practices from Israel”, organized at the Assembly of Vojvodina by the Embassy of Israel and the NALED, under the sponsorship of the Provincial Government.
– According to an analysis done by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Serbia, the country needs 300 new waste water treatment facilities, which would cost 4 to 5 billion euros. Subotica, Sabac and Vrbas are the only three towns in Serbia with new waste water treatment facilities, which were financed through European funds. Their example should be followed by other towns and municipalities in Serbia, of which 75% said they were interested in such projects – said the executive director of the NALED, Violeta Jovanovic.
She said that “just getting to the construction of these facilities is an endeavor that takes several years” and emphasized that the Provincial Government was ready to help in the phase of the preparation of the technical documentation.
The president of the Provincial Government, Igor Mirovic, said that, when it comes to waste water treatment, the situation in Vojvodina “is not great” and that one of the priorities of the current Provincial Government was therefore to build “as many waste water treatment facilities” through the preparation of project documentation in cooperation with local self-governments and the Republic of Serbia.
– This year, we will start building three facilities, namely, in Backa Topola, Srbobran and Mali Idjos, and Temerin is also being prepared. We thereby begin an investment cycle in this field. Let me remind you that there are also water factories in Vrsac and Kovacica, and that Kikinda is also preparing a project. That’s not enough, however, as we want more towns and municipalities to get such plants – Mirovic said.
He thanked the Embassy of Israel for its support and emphasized that the experiences of the seven Israeli companies attending the conference would be very valuable.
Israeli Ambassador Alona Fisher-Kamm said that it was not a coincidence that the first bilateral conference was dedicated to the topic, as waste water treatment and the quality of drinking water were global problems.
She reminded that Israel was the leading country in the world in this field, considering that it processed 90% of waste waters.
– Spain is second, with 20%. Israel’s concept is to efficiently use all the natural resources, while increasing their capacities. The most modern waste water treatment facilities in Israel allow us to produce biogas – the Israeli ambassador said.