It is invested 22 million euro only from the local government for the water supply of the city, but for years the residents continue to suffer lack of water in their homes. Reacts Water supply: The reason for this situation are illegal interventions in the system and non-payment of bills
For more than 12 years the city of Vlora continues to suffer drinking water shortages. Officially it is stated that investments were numerous, but Vlora citizens continue to face a lack of running water in their taps. Local and central officials occasionally have promised to bring water for 24 hours, but this did not happen and people continue to be pessimistic about this topic. Contacted by investigim.al, various residents say they live in a city with inexhaustible water resources around and for years is lacking the running water. And that which comes in the taps of their apartments is within timetable and is provided only through pumps. Residents say they are unhappy, adding that the situation is becoming worse, while their city opportunities to have uninterrupted water are great because they have great proximity to water resources compared to many other cities in the country.
Unofficially, due to the election campaign and fear to speak by name for investigim.al, Municipal officials of Vlora let us know that are invested 22 million euros for the city waterworks, however residents again are not supplied with water as needed . The reason according to them are illegal interference and defaults pipes or bills for years to drinking water intake. This concern has been echoed by the Director of the water supply in Vlora, Varvara Gjika, who has reacted regarding the cause of the lack of drinking water, saying that “illegal interference by citizens through the pipes or disposition and sanitation interventions in the systems and road injuries have brought the water distribution
Even the Director Gjika has raised concern the lack of collecting revenue from consumption of drinking water, because as she says not everyone of water subscribers make regular payment of water bills. “Water Company fails to provide necessary revenue to make an investment and solve these problematic areas that we have”. However, water supply is not the only problem in Vlora. Another problem raising from residents of Vlora and for this they make guilty the municipality of Vlora for allowing construction near the water supply, which also causes problems on drinking water sanitation. Near water supply is allowed to build a palace which is illegal. According to the law should not allow buildings up to about 25 meters at the water supply, as called strict sanitary area. So, any construction should be done away of the second zone of a Water sanitation.
Have there been or were missing investments in Vlora? To solve the problem of drinking water, another investment was realized a few years ago in the sea side with European Commission funding for wastewater treatment before they end up into the sea. Investing capturing the value of 3.9 million euro and the building is currently abandoned with no functioning because that needs other investment. Officially it is said that soon the EU will invest over 4 million EUR to put into operation as soon as they can this great plant. However inaudibly it is said that even if they put to use this facility already abandoned, wastewater treatment plant will not reach the standard required by the EU. To be within EU standards, this plant must have control panels, staffed with experienced and well-trained for all stages of treatment for waste water.
Reactions or official reports for this plant and its operation with the factual situation have many contradictions. According to the General Directorate of Water Supply and Sewerage, this impinat works partly, while in reality the object is abandoned. According to an official report of the general Directorate of Water Supply and Sewerage, the plant was built to treat used water to a population of 12,000 inhabitants. Type of this plant is the biological with a treatment level, but the lack of appropriate equipment and a laboratory make it impossible to carry out tests of water in the plant. According to them, this plant is operational almost saying that “organizational and management problems between the water utility company and local officials, factors that impede the normal operation and with closed cycle (wastewater treatment-handling-costs -service billing – income).
But in fact this plant is not operational and investment still needs to be put into use. The purpose of establishing the plant was seen as very important from tourism point of view, giving particular value to its function in start. According to unofficial sources but also determination on the ground, this plant was never put into operation. Currently, besides making investment tenders for continuation of work to complete the act as studies are underway to put that in work. Even here they have set up a series of charges to the City Hall and the former executives, since their task was to oversee the works and receipt of the completed facility. In fact, this task is not performed, because the works for this plant are not realized by the local government which was in charge, making long this object not put into operation. Since the discharge of untreated wastewater has a very large impact on the environment, the construction of this plant in Vlora was meant to give a further impetus to the development of environmental infrastructure stopping pollution risks, improve services along coastal line in order to develop tourism.
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