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EU to invest 128 mln euro in water project in Croatia

EU to invest 128 mln euro in water project in Croatia EU Commission headquarters in Brussels; Author: Radomir Ralev

ZAGREB (Croatia), January 8 (SeeNews) - The European Commission said it has approved the investment of 128 million euro ($142.5 million) in a project for improving the water supply, waste water collection and treatment in Croatia's coastal Split-Solin area. 

The project will connect 4,000 people to high-quality drinking water and will provide waste water treatment to more than 25,000 people, the EU's executive body said in a press release last week. 

Works under the project will be funded from the European Union's Cohesion Fund. 

"Croatian citizens will benefit from more efficient use of water sources, guaranteeing better drinking water quality and cleaner waste water, which will ultimately reduce pollution in the sea and groundwater", Elisa Ferreira, EU's Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, said. 

Split is the second-largest city in Croatia with population of some 178,000 people. Solin, a town of 24,000 citizens is located some 8 kilometres north-east of Split. 

($ = 0.898153 euro)