Probistip, 18th July 2012 (MIA) – After 50 years, inhabitants in Probistip obtained clean water from the water supply network. Cornerstone of the new water treatment plant was laid today, which is worth EUR 1.4 million, EUR 800,000 out of which provided as a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), EUR 480,000 as donation from the Slovenian Government, while the rest of the funds are to be provided from Probistip Municipality. Government will provide the guarantee for the funds necessary for the construction.
– Two years ago, when we provided the necessary credit in the amount of EUR 800,000 from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, we were assured that we will realize this project in Probistip Municipality for a short period of time. The municipality put efforts to provide modest EUR 120,000 from its budget, and the Slovenian Government awarded EUR 480,000 as grant. Thus, we completed the financial structure for this strategic facility for the inhabitants in Probistip Municipality, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Zoran Stavreski, said, attending the laying of the cornerstone.
He added that the Government will continue supporting Probistip Municipality. We have realized several projects here, he underlined, however, the key issue for the citizens of Probistip was to resolve the drinking water problem. Lack of clean drinking water is a problem the encroaches the basis of the living standard of the citizens and it is a vital issue for the health of the children, the inhabitants and all citizens in Probistip Municipality, Minister said.
Filter station will cover an area of only 300 m3, will be equipped with most sophisticated technology, applied in the most developed countries.
– Ultrafiltration technology will be used in the treatment of drinking water, according to the most modern European and global pattern, Toni Tonevski, Mayor of Probistip, said.
He added that owing to the support by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and the Embassy of Slovenia in Macedonia, cornerstone for the future project was laid today, resolving the decade-long problem of water supply.
Construction works are planned to be finished in mid-December this year, when water from Zletovica Hydro System will start flowing, thus resolving the decade-long problem for around 16,000 inhabitants in the municipality.
Water treatment plant in Probistip will be built by “Iskra Sistemi” Slovenian company, internationally recognized, backed up by both the Government and the Republic of Slovenia. – Our participation in this investment is of special importance, since Macedonia and Slovenia have developed cooperation for development and enhancement of environmental protection, Slovenian Ambassador, Brian Bergant, pointed out to the audience present at the ceremony.