BUCHAREST, Romania - Infrastructure services company Louis Berger has finished a technical assistance, design and project management contract that has resulted in improved and efficient water and wastewater systems in Buzau County, Romania.
The total European Union (EU)-funded program took four years to complete and involved a total 68 million euro ($77.5 million USD) investment in the county’s water infrastructure.
The upgraded potable water infrastructure includes three new drinking water treatment stations, six rehabilitated water treatment plants, two new reservoirs and three modernised reservoirs, six new pumping stations and three upgraded pumping stations and a potable water distribution network that was extended more than 50 kilometers (31 miles).
The newly modernised wastewater system comprises a sewerage network extended by nearly 110 kilometers (68 miles), 44 new pumping stations, a new wastewater treatment plant and four refurbished wastewater treatmentplants.
After a four-year public awareness campaign, 75% of Buzau County residents were said to have recognised the investment program and listed as its main benefits improved quality of life, increased drinking water accessibility and reduced health risks.
The firm provided design review, tender documents and technical assistance for six contracts. It also delivered project management support throughout construction, provided modern hydraulic modelling, water treatment plant residual management, trenchless technology solutions, reviewed the investment master plan and provided communications services.
Jesper Damgaard, senior vice president and managing director for Europe, Louis Berger, said: “This water infrastructure modernisation program is enabling access for more than 200,000 residents to a safer water supply and sanitation services. Public health in Buzau county stands to benefit, but improving overall water quality also carries significant environmental benefits by cutting the risk of pollution and helping contain water losses.”