Budapest greens water treatment

ICLEI member city Budapest (Hungary) is looking to revolutionise its water strategy with a new wastewater treatment plant. The new facility will ensure that 95 percent of the city’s wastewater is returned to the River Danube following biological treatment. Furthermore, the small area occupied by the technology in question will allow the complete vicinity of the plant to remain a green belt zone.

László Kóthay, State Secretary for Water of the Ministry of Environment and Water says, “Hungary will be contributing significantly to the objectives of the Danube Protection Convention – prevention of transboundary impacts, protection of the Danube, maintenance and improvement of the conditions of the river.”

Approximately 600,000m3 of wastewater is discharged from Budapest households every day. Less than 50 percent of this is treated biologically by the city’s two other wastewater treatment plants, with the rest being discharged untreated into the river. This is not only a significant environmental load, but also negatively impacts public health in the Hungarian capital.

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