Waste water Collection and Treatment Project Velke Ripnany

Project completed
Sceptic tank is being emptied
Up till now, residents of Velke Ripany still collect their waste water in septic tanks on their premises. The tanks need to be emptied regularly. Thanks to the project, 85% of the population can be connected to the waste water treatment system. © SECO

The municipality of Velke Ripnany is located in the southwest of the country, in the region of Nitra situated in the western part of the country, which, despite its proximity to the capital Bratislava, is still quite underdeveloped in relation to the quality of waste water collection and treatment. The project aims to contribute to a sustainable socio-economic development in the municipality of Velke Ripnany by improving their capacity to provide good quality public services and increasing the awareness of the population for environmental issues.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Protecting the environment
Wastewater treatment
14.06.2012 - 31.07.2016
CHF  4’277’428

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 to improve the quality of the underground and surface waters in the region.


The goal of the project is to improve the capacity of the municipalities, 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.

Target groups

The direct beneficiary is the municipality of Velke Ripnany. The indirect beneficiaries are the 2'200 inhabitants of the municipality, of which about 85% shall be connected by the end of project implementation (2016) 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).

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



Achieved results:  

  • 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.

Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
  • National Coordination Unit
  • Government Office of the Slovak Republic

Implementing partner
Municipality of Velke Ripnany

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    4’277’428 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    4’252’690
Project phases

Phase 1 14.06.2012 - 31.07.2016   (Completed)