The World Bank will extend EUR 81 million for the upgrade of municipal infrastructure in Bulgaria under an agreement approved by the government on Thursday. A portion of the money will be channeled to the completion of the construction of Luda Yana, Neykovtsi and Plovdivtsi potable water dams, which supply Panagyurishte, Strelcha as well as parts of Pazardjik, Tryavna and Plachkovtsi. Building works began late in the 80’s.
The construction of Plovdivtsi dam, which should service Madan, Rudozem and the nearby villages, started in 1999. The completion of the project will lift the water rationing regime for more than 200,000 people and improve drinking water quality for around 96,000 people, according to the Cabinet’s press office.
The rest of the loan will be allocated to the renovation of the Studena dam.
The regional development ministry said in February that building works could commence this year and finish within 36 months. Due to the scarcity of water facilities, last summer water rationing was introduced in more than 300 towns and villages.
Resolving the water supply issue in Bulgaria will take around EUR 9.5 billion and at least 17-18 years, deputy regional development minister Dimcho Mihalevski has said.