AMB and Government of Catalonia agree investment of 114 million euro over next 5 years in water sanitation

Over 50% of the total investment (almost 78 million euro) will be allocated to the renovation and enhancement of existing wastewater treatment plants, while the remainder will be used to finance new measures set out in current river basin management plans (2016-2021)

Vice-president of the Department of Environment at the Área Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB), Eloi Badia, and the Minister for Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia, Damià Calvet, have presented a five-year (2018-2023) Investment, Renovation and Enhancement Plan for water sanitation in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

This plan was drafted by the AMB in accordance with the Regulation on Public Sanitation Services (Decree 130/2003) and it envisages overall medium-term investment of 144 million Euro between now and 2023. This investment will be financed by the Government of Catalonia.

The plan presented by the AMB includes renovation and enhancement initiatives to ensure the correct functioning of the seven large-scale wastewater treatment plants and infrastructures that serve a population equivalent of six million (calculated taking account of economic activities) in the metropolitan district.

It is envisaged that 12 million euro will be allocated to renovation and enhancements in 2019, and that an average of 16.5 million euro per annum will be allocated to these two areas until 2023.

In addition, a total of 66 million euro will be devoted to financing the measures set out in the river basin management plans.