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Protecting the Solina Lake and Skhidnytsia sources of healing waters – a common challenge and opportunity to maintain and exploit the potential of the natural heritage





Project type

Regular project






1.2 Promotion and preservation of natural heritage




Solina Commune (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)


Skhidnytsia City Council (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)

TOTAL BUDGET 1 889 023.23 € ENI CO-FUNDING 1 700 120.91 €
DURATION 57 months 01.11.2018 - 31.08.2023

Project description

Both the Solina in Poland and Skhidnytsia in Ukraine have the status of popular spa resorts, located in the areas of precious natural values. Their peripheral location, low economic activity and population density are their strongest assets. However, pollution is a serious environmental challenge for them. In the consequence, the popular natural sites – the Bieszczady and Skole Beskids Mountains – have limited development possibilities and poor tourist offer.

The aim of the ProtectWater project is to improve and maintain good quality surface and groundwater as the base natural resources. The waters of located there the Solina Lake, San and Skhidnytsia local rivers will be protected more effectively, healing from sewage contamination. Within the project two sewage treatment plants of deep biological cleaning will be built in Skhidnytsia. The new sewage systems will be also constructed in three locations of the Solina Commune in Podkarpackie Voivodeship. The wastewater will be discharged with the use of pumping device to the existing sewage treatment plant in Wołkowyja, through the villages of Zawóz and Wołkowyja. All mentioned facilities will discharge sanitary sewage from residential, non-residential buildings and public utilities into the distribution system, treatment of them and disposal in the form of purified sewage.

Due to the project implementation, nearly 8 000 m of a new sewerage network will be built, together with the consideration of the natural environment and its protection. The number of households and buildings connected to the sewage system will increase by 105 on the Polish and by 86 on the Ukrainian side. The activities carried out in the project will have a positive impact on the ecosystem and the development of tourism in the cross-border region of Poland and Ukraine.


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