The European Commission has approved a multi-million dollar investment in Dubrovnik Waterworks from the Cohesion Fund (a European Commission initiative aimed at providing support and promoting sustainable development in low income countries).
The $71.5 Million USD investment, approved 2 March, will be used to improve Dubrovnik’s water supply and upgrade wastewater management infrastructure across the city.
EU Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, commented: “This project will not only provide inhabitants with the essential access to clean water and reduced water losses but it will also boost the commercial and touristic attractiveness of the area, thus improving the local socio-economic development. Once more, Cohesion policy is about delivering concrete solutions and additional benefits to local challenges.”
Although the wastewater section of the investment will cover Dubrovnik agglomeration alone, districts out with the city whose water is supplied by the Zaton-Orašac-Elafiti and Mioševići-Visočani systems will also benefit from the water supply upgrades.
This investment will not only protect Dubrovnik’s water supply from pollution and contamination meaning that residents will have access to safe drinking water, but it will also boost the city’s economy by removing the costs associated with the upkeep and maintenance of old and unreliable water infrastructure.