Hungary will complete Ft 651 billion (€2.47 billion) worth of communal sewage disposal and purification projects by 2015 to meet a European Union deadline, a senior official of the environment and water management ministry told a conference on Tuesday.
The projects include adding an extra 15,600 kilometers of main sewage pipes to the existing 30,900 kilometer pipe network, department head Gabriella Kremples said. The total length of sewage pipes has increased by 8,500 kilometers over the past five years. The ratio of households connected to the main sewage network has gone up to 65% from 51% during the same period. This ratio should be 88% by 2015, she said.
The ministry's developments director Pál Kiss said that €268.4 million worth of sewage treatment development projects, funded from EU's pre-accession ISPA funds, had been completed between 2000 and 2003, involving 65 towns and villages with 844,000 residents.