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Blue Flag beaches and cleaner rivers


Detailed description of the Good Practice

Jūrmala has invested heavily in wastewater treatment in a bid to upgrade the locality’s status as a holiday destination. Within the framework of an extensive project focused on enhancing water management and wastewater treatment, the municipality has succeeded in reducing releases of phosphorus by around 26 tonnes annually, and nitrogen by around 37 tonnes per year.
The project has also led to a substantial improvement in access to clean drinking water, and extended the sprawling municipality’s sewerage network.
The local beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status, which means that Jūrmala may use the international eco-label for beach water quality. Around 3,200 beaches are entitled to fly the Blue Flag worldwide. Part of the project remains to be completed, however. Around 26 per cent of the city’s inhabitants are yet to be connected to the city’s sewerage network. According to EU requirements, the degree of coverage should be at least 95 per cent before the end of 2011.

water management
waste water management

Objectives of the Good Practice

to reduce releases of phosphorus and nitrogen, to increase access to clean drinking water and to extend the sprawling municipality’s sewerage network

Participants of the Good Practice

The City of Jurmala

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens, tourists

Funding of the Good Practice

The project has received financing from the Swedish International Development Cooperating Agency Sida, the EU structural adjustment fund, ISPA/Cohesion fund, the Latvian state, Jūrmala Municipality, NEFCO, and local water maintenance firm Jūrmalas Ūdens.

More Details of the Good Practice

Available files

Data sources and references

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
(Accessed March, 17, 2010)