HASKOVO AND BLAGOEVGRAD WITH NEW WATER TREATMENT STATIONS
A contract for building a water treatment station for waste waters in Blagoevgrad was signed on October 12 in the Ministry of Environment and Waters. The project is worth EUR12.5MN-plus, 70% of which will be financed by the EU's ISPA programme and the remaining money will come from the state budget. The project will be implemented by the Greek company Temeleodomi - Avax, and the Swiss company Sveko will be supervising the fulfilment. The equipment will be purifying some 30,000 cu m of waste waters per 24 hours. Its construction should be completed in 2007 and within the two-year period 150 temporary and 20 permanent jobs will be opened. A day earlier the Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Dimcho Mihalevsky, together with the UK Ambassador in Bulgaria, H.E. Jeremy Hill, and Ruud Van Enk, Head of PHARE and ISPA Section at the Delegation of the European Commission to Bulgaria, made the first sod of a water treatment station for waste waters in Haskovo. It will cost more than EUR20MN in all and will be also ready in 2007. The project will be executed by the British consortium Bywater and will be supervised by another UK firm, Mot McDonald.The European Investment Bank has also financed the construction of water treatment stations in two big towns along the Maritsa river, Stara Zagora and Dimitrovgrad.