Water supply and water treatment facilities improvement in Sortavala (KA6000)

There are several vital problems in the field of water supply and treatment in the town of Sortavala and the project aimes to solve them. The project activities in the field of water supply and sanitation should significantly improve the ecological situation in the city of Sortavala, and therefore, improve the quality of life of residents and visitors. The proximity of the border with the European Union and the possibility of attraction of visitors to the territory of Sortavala district are creating new opportunities for the development of international tourism in the Northern Ladoga area.

There are two main components of this large infrastructure project: a) drinking water quality improvement  and b) waste water treatment improvement.

We aim to achieve the following change in the current situation by implementing the project:
1. The factors restraining the development of international ecological tourism will be eliminated when the quality of drinking water will correspond to both Russian and international standards.
2. The negative impact of the discharge of untreated sewage on the quality of natural water in transboundary water bodies (Lake Ladoga) will be eliminated so that the Lake water quality meets international standards and complied with HELCOM regulations.

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There are three vital problems in the field of water supply and treatment in the town of Sortavala, which were identified by the project partners:
1.    Two waste water outlets (N8 and N10) are located in the town centre were built in the beginning of the 20th century and since those times the wastewater is discharged through these outlets directly to Ladoga water and creates the hazardous sanitary and epidemiological situation in the city. It might also become the main reason for pollution of the whole littoral area of Ladoga. Total amount of discharged wastewater is about 920 m3 per day. Taking into account urban land improvement and fast development of private houses’ construction, the volume of wastewater will increase further.
2.    Today the quality of tap water in the centralized water supply system of Sortavala city does not meet many of the sanitary requirements adopted in Russia. The foremost reason for that is the absence of water purification plants in the existing water treatment scheme. So, the water does not comply with the sanitary standards due to the absence of treatment.
3.    Water withdrawal header and the pumping stations were built in a short time in the conditions of a severe lack of water supplied to the city due to the drop in the water level in Lake Helmijärvi in 1983 year. Due to this fact the water intake is located very close to the shore (75 m.) and ate the depth of only 3,5 m.  The quality of surface water pumped to the water supply system is quite unstable because of many external factors, such as: water quality of Tohma river inflowing to Ladoga, wind direction, air and water temperature, the Lake water level, etc.

The implementation of the proposed project activities in the field of water supply and sanitation should significantly improve the ecological situation in the city of Sortavala, and therefore, improve the quality of life of residents and visitors. The proximity of the border with the European Union and the possibility of attraction of visitors to the territory of Sortavala district are creating new opportunities for the development of international tourism in the Northern Ladoga area. Today Finnish travel agencies in cooperation with Russian companies are to develop new products of natural (ecological) tourism. They are gaining increasing interest at international level. European tourists visiting North Karelia have the opportunity to visit cultural and natural monuments of Northern Ladoga also. Such popular destinations as Valaam Monastery, Ruskeala marble canyon, «KallivoPark» ski centre located near Sortavala town attracting more and more visitors finding accommodation and meal in Sortavala. This is why high-quality drinking water and cleaner water of Ladoga lake (Lappajarvi bay) will have the increasing importance for satisfying the needs of foreign (mostly Finnish) and Russian tourists as well as residents of Sortavala district. Better treatment of water discharged into Lake Ladoga will have positive impact on the state of the Lake Ladoga and thus in the Baltic Sea basin.

The Overall Objective of the project is Improvement of physical living and working environment (for local citizens, foreign and domestic visitors of Sortavala district).
There are two main components of this large infrastructure project: a) drinking water quality improvement  and b) waste water treatment improvement , thus the Specific Objective is connected to both of the components - Drinking water and waste water treatment capabilities in Sortavala district have improved.

The expected change the project will make to the current situation.
1. The factors restraining the development of international ecological tourism will be eliminated when the quality of drinking water will correspond to both Russian and international standards.
2. The negative impact of the discharge of untreated sewage on the quality of natural water in transboundary water bodies (Lake Ladoga) will be eliminated so that the Lake water quality meets international standards and complied with HELCOM regulations.

The target groups and beneficiaries of the project.

Target groups – employees of municipal and private utility companies from Northern Ladoga region, regional and local authorities responsible for water supply and sanitation management and control (about 30 persons).
Final beneficiaries - citizens and guests of Sortavala town and district, foreign (mainly Finnish) and domestic tourists.

We work to achieve the following Outputs during the project implementation:

1. Professional competence of engineering and managerial staff of Karelian municipal utility companies and municipal administrative bodies has increased;
2. Improved tap-water quality used by local citizens, foreign and domestic visitors of Sortavala district.
3. Reduced pollution of the Ladoga Lake and consequently Baltic Sea waters.
4. Visibility and promotion of project activities and results are achieved.

Each of outputs should be achieved by implementation of the corresponding four Work Packages:
WP1. Capacity building actions aimed at improvement of professional competence of engineering and managerial staff of Karelian municipal utility companies and municipal administrative bodies.
WP2. Constructing new water supply system with high quality drinking water in Sortavala.
WP3. Eliminating of discharge of untreated wastewater.
WP4. Project visibility and project results promotion actions.
 

The following Partners will work together towards the implementation of the KA6000 project:

The Lead Partner:

Karelvodokanal Ltd., the only company managing and maintaining all water supply and sanitation facilities of Sortavala town. The main activities of the company are: intake, purification and distribution of water, waste water treatment and disposal of residues (sludge).

Partners:

Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the national environmental reference laboratory appointed by the Ministry of the Environment in Finland. The organisation is responsible
for identifying and introduction of effective solutions in environment protection actions. It has expertise and experience in protection of water resources in the Baltic Sea basin. SYKE experts are well known in Finland and internationally as responsible and creative environmental professionals.

Municipal Administration of Sortavala, the local authority the provides an opportunity for the population to independently and under its responsibility to solve issues of
local importance.

Karelvodokanal Ltd. (Lead Partner):

Sovetskaja str. 24, 186792 Sortavala, Russian Federation

Telephone number: +7 81430 45344

Email: Vodasort90pto@rambler.ru

Website: http://karelvodokanal.ru/

 

Project management subcontractor:

10, Englesa str., 185035 Petrozavodsk, Russia

Telephone number: +7 (8142) 76 93 91

Email: kaeec@sampo.ru 

Website: kaeec.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ano_eec