Wastewater treatment in Dlhé nad Cirochou

Project completed
Old sewer system in Dlhe n. Cirochou
Only 65% of households in Slovakia are connected to a sewer system. The situation is particularly precarious in eastern Slovakia. © SECO

Only around 65% of the population of Slovakia live in houses connected to a sewer network. Switzerland has supported the municipality of Dlhé nad Cirochou with the construction of a 6.9 kilometre sewer network. This will give more than 1,100 inhabitants access to the municipality’s wastewater system. In addition, the wastewater treatment system will be expanded, allowing wastewater to be treated for a further 1,400 residents.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Protecting the environment
Wastewater treatment
14.06.2012 - 31.07.2016
CHF  2’798’203

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

Water pollution remains a major environmental issue in the new EU member states. One of the reasons for this is the lack of wastewater systems. Only 65% of the population of Slovakia live in houses connected to a sewer system. A wastewater system was established in the municipality of Dlhé nad Cirochou in 2002. However, this only catered to half of the population.

Protecting water and improving living conditions

Switzerland has invested CHF 2.8 million into the expansion of the sewer system in Dlhé nad Cirochou.

  • 6.9 kilometres of sewer network have been built.

  • The capacity of the wastewater treatment system was almost doubled, allowing wastewater from a further 1,400 inhabitants to be treated. The neighbouring community of Modra nad Cirochou also stands to benefit.

  • An information campaign informed the people about the project and raised their awareness of the importance of protecting waterways.

The project helped Slovakia in its efforts to meet EU standards in terms of water protection. It also improved living conditions in the municipality.

Other wastewater treatment projects

Within the framework of six projects, the enlargement contribution served to build or modernise some 90 kilometres of sewer network in eight Slovakian municipalities. 7,000 inhabitants had been connected to the sewer network by the end of 2016.

Switzerland has invested around CHF 27 million in wastewater projects in Slovakia. Three of the six projects were implemented in the focal regions of Swiss support, Prešov and Kosice in the east of the country.

With the implementation of this project, the public sewage system in Dlhé nad Cirochou, including secondary sewage channels, is to be completed, and the capacity of the existing sewage treatment plant is to be increased. We have waited 15 years for this. 

For the population, this means that the high cost for the periodic emptying of the existing and often leaky cesspits has been reduced and that wastewater no longer seeps away into the ground. Thus the pollution of the groundwater in wells, which the population still uses for irrigation, is decreasing. As a smaller quantity of untreated and polluted water flows into the River Cirocha, it is now possible to maintain the quality of surface water.

From the perspective of the municipality and companies operating within its territory, the attractiveness of the region for housing and business has increased, as a result of which public revenues are increasing and jobs are being created. The expansion of the sewage system and the sewage treatment plant has also given rise to new business opportunities in the area of rural tourism.

Jan Kniz, Mayor of Dlhé nad Cirochou