Water Supply Systems in Rural Areas – Romania

Project at a Glance

Customer: Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Housing
Region: Europe
Project Value: $220M
Status: completed in 2010
Segment: water resources management, water treatment
Main Benefit: provision of drinking water to some 1M people nationwide


The Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Housing selected TAHAL to design and implement over 500 centralized water supply schemes in rural areas of 26 counties throughout Romania. The main goal of the project was to provide drinking water meeting World Health Organization (WHO) standards to some one million rural inhabitants of Romania.


The turnkey project included feasibility studies, detailed design and construction for each of over 500 water supply schemes, as well as provision of a financial package for carrying out the works. For each scheme, TAHAL performed the following activities: site investigation, feasibility study, final design, procurement of materials and equipment, and construction.

Each water system comprised the following main elements: intake (depending on source), pumping station, conveyance pipeline, treatment and disinfection (chlorination) plant, water storage reservoir, and distribution pipelines to public water points. For each scheme, four possible sources of water were identified: drilled wells, drainage galleries, surface water, and tapping of existing mains. Pumping stations and treatment and chlorination plants generally were provided as packaged plants in insulated housings, while water storage reservoirs were constructed from pressed steel sections.

 In all, TAHAL constructed 175,000 m3 of storage capacity, 450 pumping stations, and 6,500 km of conveyance and distribution pipelines.


  • Increased drinking water availability
  • Improved water quality
  • Enhanced public health



Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Housing