Water in Skopje comes through pipelines "before retirement", Arsovska is now examining their condition

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The condition of the pipeline and whether it would be able to withstand the pressure and vibrations from the BRT system, whose tracks are supposed to run over the pipeline, were one of the main reasons why the majority of councilors on the council did not support the BRT project.

What is the condition of the two water pipelines in Skopje, which have been in operation for almost 60 years, should be shown by the tests and analyzes for the strategic study prepared by the City of Skopje. The analyzes and tests in the field have already started a month ago and they are performed by experts and professors from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
We are talking about the two main main pipelines, one of which runs along the boulevard Partizanski odšije, and the other along the boulevards Slovenija and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The pipes are steel, with a profile of 1.600 millimeters, they were installed after the earthquake, i.e. their construction was started in 1964 and since then they have not been examined, so with this study, a detailed picture of the situation should be obtained, which would provide directions on how to act in the future.

The water supply of the city of Skopje is based on significant amounts of water that are available from the two catchment facilities at the Rasce spring, and the water moves through two steel pipelines. The condition of the pipes themselves in their above-ground and underground parts, the condition of the facilities that were built for the correct exploitation of the pipeline, i.e. the reinforced concrete shafts with hydro-mechanical equipment, the bridge construction of the above-ground part of the pipeline, as well as the equipment for active cathode and other are analyzed protection. I express great gratitude to the experts and professors from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering for all their efforts to obtain a precise study of the main water pipelines that were built 60 years ago, and the study should provide information on what measures should be taken to prevent unwanted occurrences in the future and to all the information about these key pipelines in Skopje is available - stressed the mayor Danela Arsovska recently when she promoted the preparation of the strategic study for diagnostics and determining the condition of the two existing pipelines, which is actually one of her promised projects from the "For a modern Skopje" program.

Photo: City of Skopje

Today, the City of Skopje announced that they are continuing with the second phase of the implementation of the project, which is currently taking place in the municipality of Gjorce Petrov.

In the second phase, the condition of the pipes themselves in their above-ground and underground parts in the municipality of Gjorce Petrov is analyzed, the condition of the facilities that were built for the proper exploitation of the pipeline, i.e. the reinforced concrete shafts with hydro-mechanical equipment, the bridge construction of the above-ground part of the pipeline, as and the equipment for active cathodic and other protection - said Arsovska.

Solving the problem with the water supply network was one of the priorities of the mayor Arsovska in the pre-election period when she promised to work on the optimization of the water supply system, which would enable the saving of electricity, water, control of the network pressure that causes frequent breakdowns and water losses in the system.

Water in Skopje is produced and distributed through several main facilities, namely the Rasce spring, the wells in Nerezi and Lepenec, chlorination stations, pumping stations, hydrophores, reservoirs and water supply network.

The water needs are almost entirely provided by the Rasce source, which consists of two catchments, Rasce 1 and Rasce 2, with a total installed capacity of 6 m3/second, i.e. 6.000 liters/second. When water consumption is significantly increased, especially in the summer period, sometimes, despite the capacity of Rasce, the wells in Nerezi and Lepenec are activated.

The supply of water from the Rasche spring to the users is carried out through the two steel pipelines, with a profile of f-1600 millimeters, which are separated on the overpass to Novo Selo, and one goes along Partizanska to the city, and the other to the Zhelezarnica industrial complex.

The pipeline under the boulevard Partizanski Orda was one of the reasons why the mayor and VMRO-DPMNE were against the introduction of fast bus transport in Skopje. Meanwhile, within two years of the mandate, Arsovska changed her mind and announced that the BRT system would be implemented, but the councilors from VMRO-DPMNE remained on their position and did not vote on the decision for BRT in Skopje. The condition of the pipeline and whether it will be able to withstand the pressure and vibrations from the BRT system, whose routes should pass over the pipeline, were one of the main reasons why the majority of councilors in the Council did not support the modernization of city transport following the project of ex-mayor Petre Šilegov. .

Photo: City of Skopje

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