Improved water treatment benefit both the sea and communities
Located close to Muuga, a parish of approx. 6,000 inhabitants which lies to the northeast of the Estonian capital of Tallinn and home to one of the busiest ports in the Gulf of Finland, the treatment plant in Jõelähtme is capable of treating over 1.54 million cubic metres of wastewater annually. Over 24,000 people residing in the parishes of Viimsi and Jõelähtme benefit from the investment.
The wastewater treatment plant was upgraded partly with financial backing from the Baltic Sea Action Plan Fund administered by NEFCO and the Nordic Investment Bank. The fund was established in 2010 by the Swedish and the Finnish governments. The aim of the BSAP Fund is to help restore the ecological status of the Baltic Sea in line with the objectives of the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), which was adopted by the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission member countries in 2007.
The BSAP Fund provided EUR 170,000 to As Viimsi Vesi for the necessary document preparation and project design that enabled the company to initiate the procurement process for the upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant in Muuga. The document preparation also secured the financing for the project from the EU Cohesion Fund. In total, the cost of the renovation project was EUR 15 million.
Over 70 kilometres of water distribution pipes and a range of pumping stations were upgraded as a result of the project. The investment by AS Viimsi Vesi will contribute to reduced discharges of phosphorus and nitrogen to the Baltic Sea.
This is money really well spent considering the environmental benefits for the Baltic Sea.
“This is money really well spent considering the environmental benefits for the Baltic Sea. Without support from the BSAP Fund and the EU Cohesion Fund, it would have taken Viimsi Vesi much longer to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant,” said Mikael Sjövall from NEFCO while visiting Jõelähtme.
The upgraded wastewater treatment plant in Jõelähtme, was inaugurated by the public utility company AS Viimsi Vesi in 2016.