Safe drinking water and basic sanitation for over 200’000 people
Though BiH has plenty of water resources, the whole population does not have access to reliable and safe water supply and wastewater systems. Furthermore, wastewater is discharged into surface water bodies. The responsibility for these services in urban areas is on public utilities companies (PUCs), which are in many cases poorly organized, without necessary funds and under political influence. PUCs operate and maintain old water supply systems which experience high physical water losses.
Additional 26’000 citizens benefit from the project
The project will increase efficiency and accessibility of water supply and sewerage systems. These include both rehabilitation of existing and construction of new pipelines, reservoirs, water intakes, and pumping stations for the water system. In regards to the wastewater system in Zenica, the major need is the rehabilitation of existing and construction of a new sewer lines. Other than these investments the project will provide capacity development to the PUCs regarding human resources, technical operation and maintenance, public and customer relations, etc.
The achievements of the project will positively impact over 200’000 people in Zenica and Tuzla. More specifically, it will ensure that 17’000 residents are connected as new users to the water supply systems in Zenica and Tuzla, while additional 9’000 residents in Zenica will be connected to the sewerage system.
Reducing water losses is a priority
Tuzla has over 100’000 users connected to the water supply system. The volume of water not generating revenue against the bulk volume of water produced is estimated at 53%. This is primarily because of physical leakages in the infrastructure, and to a smaller degree because of technical losses, unbilled authorized consumption and water theft. The major priorities in Tuzla, as identified by the local government and the PUC, will be reduction of non-revenue water, savings in operation costs, and adequate water provision for all.
Zenica, on the other hand, supplies over 70’000 users through the water supply system. The volume of water not generating revenue is estimated at 32%, and the majority is accounted for physical leakage. Most of the pipelines are older than 30 years, causing failures, which require costly and time-consuming repairs.
As for the wastewater system, in Tuzla and Zenica 58% of the residents are connected to the waste- water network.
Because of the heavy floods in May 2014, the project also includes repairing damages caused by floods and landslides and measures to reduce risks disasters in Zenica and Tuzla. Thus, measures against floods, heavy rain falls and landslides will be undertaken within the project activities.
Large-scale investment for sustainable revitalization
The Water Program Zenica –Tuzla is being implemented from 2011 to 2019, affecting over 200’000 citizens and ensuring investments of 25 million Euros. The Government of Switzerland will donate 12.5 million Euros for setting up a reliable and efficient water supply system, post-flood recovery and disaster risk reduction. The German Government will donate 1,5 million Euros for the technical support to the programme. In addition to donations, the German Government will provide a 11 million Euros loan through the German Development Bank KfW.