NIB finances drinking water network in southern Sweden

Sep 04, 2013

NIB and the Swedish drinking water producer Sydvatten AB has signed a loan agreement, totalling SEK 67 million (EUR 8 million), for improving the drinking water supply in southern Sweden.

The loan is earmarked for the construction of a 20-kilometre drinking water pipe to connect the municipalities of Ängelholm and Båstad with a population of 50,000 people to Sydvatten’s network of drinking water supply. It is estimated that the water resources in these municipalities are insufficient to meet a potential increase in demand for drinking water in the next few decades.

The NIB-financed investment programme also includes equipping one of the company’s water purification plants, Ringsjöverket, with ultraviolet lamps for treatment of the water. This measure will improve the output quality of drinking water from lake Bolmen, a major source of raw water in southern Sweden.

Sydvatten AB is owned by 16 municipalities in southern Sweden, including the cities of Malmö, Helsingborg and Lund. The company produces drinking water for a population of 900,000 people and is today one of the largest drinking water providers in Sweden.

Photo: Lars Owesson

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