A wastewater treatment plant was built in Sculeni with the support of the EU and UNDP Moldova

June 13, 2024

A wastewater treatment plant is now operational in Sculeni, Ungheni, providing improved access to sanitation services for 3,400 households, school and pre-school education and health care institutions, as well as over 100 entrepreneurs in the village and two other neighbouring localities: Buciumeni and Cioropcani.

The works worth more than €200,000 were carried out with the support of the "EU4Moldova: Focal regions", funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP and UNICEF and with the contribution of Sculeni town hall. A cyclic biological treatment plant and a wastewater pumping station with a siphoning and desilting plant were built and sewerage networks were installed. 

"Access to the sewerage system means conditions for a dignified life. At the same time, it has a direct impact on the quality of the environment and makes it easier to attract investment, as we are becoming a destination for entrepreneurs, who have access to all utilities," said Sergiu Gușevati, mayor of Sculeni.

The treatment plant eliminates the negative health and environmental effects of wastewater discharges on surface and groundwater. 

"Thanks to the EU and UNDP, we, the entrepreneurs operating in the locality, as well as those who want to open a business, have the opportunity to benefit from a public wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure, which ensures that we are able to comply with environmental requirements. With the provision of modern sanitation infrastructure, the potential for business expansion has also increased and we hope that this will improve the standard of living and the comfort and civilization of the inhabitants," said Călin Rica, a local entrepreneur. 

The construction works took place during September 2022 – October 2023.

“EU4Moldova: Focal regions” programme (2019-2024) supports smart, inclusive, and sustainable socio-economic development in the Cahul and Ungheni regions to bring a better quality of life to citizens. The programme has a total budget of €23 million, is financed by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). 

Access here the press-release in Russian.