Czech wastewater treatment aid fails to deliver

Wastewater treatment in the Czech Republic remains inadequate despite attracting more than a third of total investment in environmental protection in 2008, a recent report reveals.

According to figures released last week by the Czech statistical office, out of a total €793m spent on environmental protection in 2008, €295m went towards end-of-pipe solutions in the wastewater treatment sector.

But the country will not meet the requirements of the EU's urban wastewater treatment directive by the December 2010 deadline, the Supreme Audit Office has warned. In a statement issued on 1 October, reiterating findings made in June, the auditors say that as many as 314 urban areas are in breach of the directive. Fifty cities and towns, including Prague, have not even started planning the necessary upgrades, they said.

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