Tens of thousands of cubic meters of liquid waste pour into new treating facilities on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast on a daily basis.
Until recently, the waste poured through old tubes, directly into the sea, says Grga Peronja, who heads the Waste Water Utility in the coastal city of Zadar.
“It was really not nice to see. The area was un-useful for catching fish (or) for swimming, absolutely. There were more than a hundred of those tubes all around the city,” says Peronja.
The new waste water treatment facilities were built under a government-run project to combat pollution in Croatia’s coastal areas, which represent millions of dollars in needed tourist revenue.
The World Bank is supporting the project, which – by connecting more people to waste water treatment facilities – is cleaning the sea and bringing Croatia more in line with EU standards.