Translated by: Kristi Gadeshi –
Saranda, one of the most important destinations of tourism in Albania will open this tourist season with the challenge of a sewerage network to absorb sewage which discharge into the sea, damaging the most beautiful beaches of the Ionian coast. Municipality of Saranda suggests that will try to repair some of the most problematic sewage spills by blocking them, but according to Mayor Stefan Cipa final solution to this problem should be given by the World Bank and Albanian Government which was expected to begin last September but has not yet been put in place.
Investment for the construction of wastewater treatment began in 2006 and ended about two years ago with the construction of 6 tubs filter in a space some hectare in an area outside Saranda. This investment of 3.2 million can not be put in place without building the pressure line from the plant to channel Cuke and no sewer line that will divert wastewater to the treatment plant of the city. Both investments are worth 800 thousand euros and were expected to be funded by the World Bank and the Albanian government.
According to the agreement, the Albanian government should only cover the financing of the delivery linet 3.2 km long but so far neglect is hurting the investment made. Saranda has a destroyed sewerage network within the city. Problems last season in the network’s intervention brought sewage to drinking water pipes. The problem has been with a major cost service, specialists say, but this year the most critical areas are being rehabilitated with municipal funds.
The problem of drinking water supply will pose another challenge of the season in Saranda. Water management remains problematic, an issue that strongly influenced the last season and this is expected to affect the tourist season due to lack of investment in the network, unlawful interference, defaults electricity, pollution, insufficient quantity of water and financial situation in the wake of the enterprise bankruptcy. Without completing the Passenger Port, 60 km of internal degraded streets in Saranda, the destroyed national road entrance for lack of investment to facilitate the movement towards some of the main tourist destinations is likely to affect the quality of the season this year in the most important tourist destination in the South.
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