Techncial support and assistance to the Project Implementation Unit (PIU), which has been established within the Public Utility Company “Vodovod i Kanalizacija” Skopje, North Macedonia, to manage the design, construction and operation of a Central Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) for Skopje with a total capacity of 650,000 PE, i.e. more than 80% of the total population living in the urban area serviced by the plant by 2045.
Skopje is the administrative, political, economic and industrial centre of the country with a population of 540,160 inhabitants (State Statistics Office, 2013). By 2045, its population is expected to increase to nearly 635,000 inhabitants, or 30% of the country’s projected population of 2 million.
Similar to most cities in the country, the wastewater produced in Skopje is discharged untreated, in this case into the upper course of Vardar River, the longest and largest river in the country (303 km). Its floodplain is mainly used for agriculture (including cattle breeding); several other industrial cities (Gostivar, Tetovo, Veles, Gevgelija) with a total population of almost 1 million people and large chemical industrial units are also located on its course.
The project is included in the Urban Planning Strategy for Skopje and the General Urban Plan for 2002 - 2022.