The European Commission said on Friday it approved an investment of over 63 million euro ($75.2 million) from the Cohesion Fund to provide better access to drinking water and improved sewerage in Bulgarian coastal municipality of Burgas.
The investment will improve the efficiency and sustainability of existing facilities by reducing leakage and operating costs, and improving connections, the Commission said in a statement.
The renewed water infrastructure will include some 7 km of new water supply network and 158 km that will be rebuilt. The project also envisages the laying down of 73 km and the reconstruction of 22 km of sewerage pipes as well as the renovation of sewage pressure tanks and wastewater collectors, and the installation of new rainwater collectors, the statement showed.
"This project will contribute to improve the quality of life of nearly 280,000 people thanks to a more reliable clean water supply while further 53,000 people will benefit from better wastewater systems," said in the statement Elisa Ferreira, commissioner for cohesion and reforms.
According to the Commission, a new wastewater treatment facility for the needs of Burgas municipality is expected to become operational in March 2023.