Municipalities

Municipalities generate around 60% of the wastewater discharged in the Danube River Basin, and much of this wastewater is released into rivers not sufficiently treated.

Inadequate management and treatment of municipal wastewater has been identified as one of the core problems in the Danube River Basin.

Among other measures, the ICPDR encourages that more nutrients must be removed in wastewater treatment plants and water pollution from landfills must be prevented.

What needs to be done

  • New sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants must be constructed, with existing facilities restored and upgraded.
  • The operation of sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants must be improved.
  • More nutrients must be removed in wastewater treatment plants.
  • The treatment of sewage sludge must be improved.
  • Water pollution from landfills must be prevented.

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