Application of innovative techniques for improving drinking water quality in urban areas


Project Number – MIS 5010978
Priority axis 2 - A Sustainable and Climate adaptable Cross-Border area
Investment priorities 6f - Promoting innovative technologies to improve environmental protection and resource efficiency in the waste sector, water sector and with regard to soil, or to reduce air pollution
Intervention fields 021. Water management and drinking water conservation (including river basin management, water supply, specific climate change adaptation measures, district and consumer metering, charging systems and leak reduction)
Call 2nd Call for proposals under priority axes 2 & 4
Lead Beneficiary Municipality of Oraiokastro
Beneficiaries Municipality of Dimitrovgrad
Start Date Nov 10, 2017
End Date Dec 31, 2021
Budget 678,480.00 €
ERDF Contribution 576.708,00 €
National Contribution 101.772,00 €
Water and sanitation are essential for life, for health, for empowerment and prosperity. They are human rights, fundamental to every person. Although the CB area is rich in water resources, monitoring and managing the quality of drinking water is being implemented at a local level, in an old fashioned and inefficient way. Consequently, the quality of drinking water in some areas is low or even inappropriate for human consumption while pollution incidents are addressed with delay, leading to potential health hazards and increased costs. The objective of Aqua-lity project is to improve drinking water quality and monitoring procedures by adapting innovative methods and techniques while creating the necessary conditions for development of interregional policies on the subject. 

The project focuses on two parts of the eligible area, Oraiokastro where the concentration of hydrogen sulfide, iron (Fe) and manganese (Mn) in the water network of Anthoupoli, exceeds the limits set by EU and Greek law, and Dimitrovgrad where unusual levels of manganese (Mn) and its oxides are observed in several settlements in the area.

Furthermore, the use of new technologies in water management processes is limited in Bulgaria and thus Bulgarian bodies can benefit from the cooperation with Greek authorities which have previous experience in the field, as in the case of the Municipality of Oraiokastro. In order to address these problems, the project proposes a series of outputs such as mapping of environmental pressure spots, supply of a water processing and sanitation system, development of a monitoring and early warning system in cases of water pollution, pilot operation of the systems and evaluation of their effectiveness. 

These outputs will benefit both the local population by increasing their protection form health hazards related to consumption of polluted water, as well as the PBs and their water management bodies, by improving their services, their capacity of managing efficiently (in terms of cost, time and resources) drinking water pollution incidents, and by exchanging of knowhow.

The added value of the project consists of the fact that instead of assessing and addressing problems based only on local data, relevant stakeholders and policy makers in the cross border area will have access to wider water quality information and thus they will be able to apply an integrated approach in resolving these issues, increase the effectiveness of planned interventions and policies. As a result, the benefits of the project will exceed the geographical boundaries of the implementation area and they will expand to the whole cross border area. 


D.2.1.3_Project Flyer_EN
D.2.1.3_Project Brochure_EN
D.2.1.3_Project Brochure_GR

D.3.2.1_Preparatory study on environmental pressure spots in Dimitrovgrad_EN
D.3.2.2_Study on the development of an early warning system_EN
D.3.2.4_Pilot operation in Bulgaria_EN
D.4.2.1_Evaluation study on the pilot action_EN
D.4.2.2_Water Quality Environmental Guide_EN

D.4.1.1_Study on environmental pressure spots_GR (EN abstract)
D.4.1.4_Cross border water quality_GR
D.3.1.1_Drinking Water improvement system - Supply of a water process and sanitation system
D.4.1.4_Cross border water quality monitoring system:  Aquality platform addressed to water management bodies in the CB area. The purpose of this platform is to be used as an auxiliary tool for decision-making on water quality policies and methods:
D.4.1.3_Project Evaluation_EN

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