Ministerstvo životného prostredia Slovenskej republiky


Estimating environmental benefits of wastewater treatment in Slovakia

Proper wastewater management contributes to public health, provides environmental benefits and can be economically profitable. In Slovakia, the ratio of population connected to public sewerage is slowly increasing as new wastewater treatment plants are being constructed but is still low in international comparison. The aim of this study is to estimate environmental benefits of wastewater treatment in Slovakia. A model approach uses a sample of 57 medium-sized Slovak wastewater treatment plants to estimate the environmental benefits of wastewater treatment. Treatment of all wastewater released into the rivers and other surface waters brings total environmental benefits of 1.96 billion euros per year.