Ecological Inspectorate opposes implementation of new mud drying project at Chisinau water treatment station

Mayor asked that the project be continued as the new mud drying technology will enable to reduce the area used to store the mud and the period of time need to dry it.

The State Ecological Inspectorate and the Chisinau Ecological Agency, while carrying out an inspection at the Chisinau water treatment station, suggested suspending the implementation of the mud drying project until new ecological and sanitary examinations are carried out.

As Apa Canal-Chisinau (ACC) did not receive orders to stop the works, it continues to implement the pilot project, the water supplier’s director Constantin Becciev informed at Monday’s meeting of the City Hall, Info-Prim Neo reports.

According to Becciev, the inspectors invoked the lack of an expert ecological report and of the approval of the National Scientific Practical Center of Preventive Medicine, but all the necessary authorizations were issued late in 2008.

Becciev also said that a number of subprojects had been earlier implemented at the water treatment station. These subprojects formed part of the Technical Project on the Chisinau Water Treatment Station, which was examined and approved early in the 1980s. Therefore, there is no need to conduct ecological examinations every time. The documentation of the mud dehydration project was approved in 2008 by a number of services, including the State Ecological Inspectorate, the Chisinau Ecological Agency and the Local Organization of the Ecologist Movement in Chisinau.

Chisinau Mayor Dorin Chirtoaca asked that the project be continued as the new mud drying technology implemented by Dutch experts will enable to reduce the area used to store the mud and the period of time need to dry it. He said that if the Ecological Inspectorate issues an ordinance to stop the works, they will appeal this order to court.

A 500m long aqueduct for technical water was put in commission at the water treatment station. Dutch experts are expected to come to Moldova on Tuesday or Wednesday to continue implementing the project.

The drying mud occupies an area of 34 hectares. The new method will allow dehydrating this volume three times quicker than planned, officials of the ACC said. The pilot project to test the new technology costs 4 million lei. About 24 million lei will be needed to implement this method during a year.

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