The wastewater treatment plant in Soda Forest in the city of Vlora is in full operation since August 2018, after several years of construction, and it is now functioning in full capacity for this year’s tourist season.
The construction of the plant was funded by the European Union and the Albanian Government with a total value of 21 million Euros, and is expected to improve the quality of the water across Vlora sea coast.
The Director of Vlora Water Supply and Sewerage Company (Vlora WSSC), Mr. Dorian Xhelili, in regard of approaching the summer tourist season, said: “The plant is in full operation for this summer season and will enable the treatment of up to 70% of the total wastewater, contributing to cleaner sea water. This will have a major impact on the tourist season this year, as the plant will treat all the wastewaters of the city of Vlora. Currently we are working to increase the plant’s capacity and to advance with service-enhancing technology. I guarantee the citizens and the tourists that thanks to this plant they will have clean sea waters for this tourist season”. Mr. Xhelili mentioned also the Orikum Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is being managed as well by Vlora WSSC. “This plant will enable the wastewater treatment for the rest of the coast line and the city. This is as well an important facility that will support the tourism in Orikum and the nearby coastal area.”, – he said.
There are currently some points of wastewater discharge in the sea, but according to Director Xhelili, this is expected to end soon. “The implementation of an investment by the Albanian Government will enable to have no more wastewater discharge in the sea. This project will include also the residence buildings on the hills up to the “Cold Water” tunnel, which were not included in the sewerage network due to constructions made over the years, prior the projection of the Vlora Wastewater Treatment Plant.”, – concluded Mr. Xhelili.
Meanwhile, recently the employees of the Wastewater Treatment Plant have been engaged in planting several trees in the premises of this plant. These trees were donated by the Municipality of Vlora, and will serve to make the plant greener and a healthy environment.