Help northeastern Macedonia secure year-round water supply
Northeastern Macedonia faced a severe water resource deficiency and experienced seasonal shortages of drinking water in urban and rural areas. Further, a high incidence of waterborne diseases indicated that water resources were being contaminated by untreated municipal wastewater.
The municipalities affected included Kratovo, Probistip, Zletovo, Sveti Nikole, Lozovo, Karbinci, and Stip. The area also encountered a shortage of water for irrigation in the dry season, limiting the productivity of wheat and other crops, keeping the area underdeveloped with high rates of poverty.
Upon request from the government of Macedonia, Japan provided a JICA official development assistance (ODA) loan to assist in solving the seasonal shortage of municipal water in the above areas.
The Zletovica Basin Water Utilization Improvement Project, the first Japanese ODA Loan project in Macedonia, began in 2003 to supply raw water to municipalities in the Zletovica River basin. It comprised four packages:
The objective of the consulting services was for construction of a multipurpose dam (total reservoir capacity: 23.5 million m3) on the upper stream of the Zletovica River, 80 km east of the Macedonian capital Skopje, as well as related intake and raw water transmission facilities in the neighboring area.
Delivery pipelines for water supply
SCADA and telecom system for monitoring water flow, controlling valves, and monitoring CCTV of intake with fiber-optic cables
Between 2011 and 2014 OC Global provided services to support the construction of a new water treatment plant at Probistip and rehabilitation of the water treatment plant at Stip.
2004 – 2013
Clean water supply to northern Macedonia by construction of dam and intakes, access road, and installation of monitoring system.