Waste Water Collection and Treatment Project Gemerska Poloma

Projekt abgeschlossen
Worker in Gemerska Poloma
Only 60% of households in Slovakia are connected to the sewer system. The situation is particularly precarious in eastern Slovakia. © SECO

Gemerska Poloma is located in the eastern part of the country in the Kosice region and is one of the poorest regions in Slovakia. The municipality lags behind the rest of the country in relation to the quality of waste water collection and treatment and has no waste water network system. The project aims to contribute to a sustainable socio-economic development in Gemerska Poloma by improving the capacity of the municipality to provide good quality public services and increasing the awareness of the population for environmental issues.


Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Umwelt schützen
14.06.2012 - 30.11.2016
CHF  5’836’321

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


The overall project objective is to enhance municipal infrastructure services in order to increase living standards, promote socio-economic development and increase the region’s overall attractiveness for residents, business and tourism. More specifically, this project aims to implement an adapted and affordable waste water collection and treatment infrastructure and improve the quality of the underground and surface waters in the region.


The goal of the project is to improve the capacity of the municipality Gemerska Poloma, to increase the awareness for environmental issues and to construct adapted and affordable wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure. Besides these technical issues, the project shall also achieve socio-economic and environmental objectives.


The direct beneficiary is the municipality of Gemerska Poloma as owner of the sewage network and of the waste water treatment plant. The indirect beneficiaries are the 2'050 inhabitants of Gemerska Poloma, of which about 85% shall be connected by 2015 to the waste water collection and treatment system. These include domestic customers as well as small commercial enterprises and public institutions (e.g. schools, medical centre).

  • Construction of the sewage system
  • Construction of the waste water treatment plant
  • Technical expertise to support the municipality of Gemerska Poloma in subjects such as tendering and procurement, technical supervision, external project management and audits
  • Awareness raising and training

Erreichte Resultate:  

  • Efficient waste water collection system is in place and operational.
  • Efficient and affordable waste water treatment plant is in place and operational.
  • Increase of awareness of the population for environmental issues.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt SECO
Kreditbereich Schweizer Beitrag an die erweiterte EU
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
  • National Coordination Unit
  • Government Office of the Slovak Republic

Municipality of Gemerska Poloma

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    5’836’321 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    5’836’321

Phase 1 14.06.2012 - 30.11.2016   (Completed)