World Water Day

Croatia to launch water projects worth HRK3 bln

  • Autor: Radio.net
  • Zadnja izmjena 22.03.2012 11:40
  • Objavljeno 22.03.2012 u 11:33
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Croatia has quality and sufficient amount of water resources, Croatian Waters director Ivica Plisic said on Thursday, the occasion of World Water Day, observed on 22 March.

Plisic said this year Croatia planned to launched important projects regarding water supply, sewage systems, waste-water purification systems, as well as the flood protection plan, worth three billion kuna.

Croatia is in a group of water-rich countries and according to the UNESCO, Croatia is ranked 5th in Europe and 42nd in the world according to availability and volume of freshwater.

According to current figures, Croatia has enough freshwater to meet its own needs.

Overall water resources are estimated at some nine billion cubic metres per year.

Eighty-eight percent of the Croatian population is supplied with potable water and 47% of the population is connected to the sewage system.

Plisic said Croatian citizens were drinking good and healthy water.

He stressed that in line with European directives Croatia must invest over four billion kuna in water projects, adding that the money would come from the state budget and the European Union. He added the first deadline for the completion of water projects in populated areas was 2018.

World Water Day is marked each year on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. The World Water Day 2012 campaign is called “Water and Food Security”.

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