Serbia’s northern city of Subotica is now equipped with a modern water and wastewater network and facilities thanks to a decade-long engineering endeavour supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Union and bilateral donors under the Western Balkans Investment Framework. The new network improves the quality of water supply, wastewater disposal and treatment services in Subotica. It also allows the city with a population of 140,000 to connect around 12,000 more citizens to the sewerage network, bringing coverage up to 60 per cent of the population.
The improved wastewater treatment system also prevents the pollution of Lake Palić, one of the top five tourist destinations in Serbia and located on the outskirts of Subotica.
In addition, the new system has the technological capacity to produce energy from waste and currently produces 25 to 40 per cent of its total energy needs.
The new infrastructure makes Subotica one of the first cities in Serbia with modern water and wastewater infrastructure in line with EU standards. It is estimated that only around 10 per cent of wastewater in Serbia is treated and only around 46 per cent of the population is connected to the sewerage system. In many cases, the existing infrastructure is also outdated and in need of investment.