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Tap water returns to Prevalje two months after floods

A new water supply system is inaugurated in Prevalje less than two months after devastating floods.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

A new water supply system was inaugurated in Prevalje in the north of the country on 12 October, just over two months after much of infrastructure in the Meža Valley was obliterated by devastating floods. The 7-kilometre system cost €7.5 million and will supply potable water to over 12,000 people in Prevalje, Ravne na Koroškem and a part of Mežica.

Delivering an emotional address to a ceremony that saw officials make a toast with glasses of water, Prevalje Mayor Matic Tasič thanked the locals for their patience and the help provided for the speedy completion of the project.

The water supply system was built in just 53 days. At the moment, the water is not potable, but it is expected to be safe for consumption next week.

Tasič also thanked Infrastructure Minister Alenka Bratušek for allowing the water supply system to be built under the main road leading through the Meža Valley and to Prime Minister Robert Golob for assistance and for keeping his promises.

Golob also addressed the several hundred people who came to celebrate the first major milestone in what will be years-long flood reconstruction.

"If this tragedy has taught us anything, it is that solidarity is alive and well," said Golob, adding that the spirit of solidarity must be nurtured in the future as well.

He commended Tasič for the speedy construction, explaining that the project, which also involved the Armed Forces, was expected to take three months, but was completed in less than two.

The prime minister said that this was the first time in Slovenia's history that the state would be covering all costs of intervention following a natural disaster. "This water supply system has also been covered."

The flood-hit municipalities started receiving funds from the state this week.

After the ceremony, reporters asked Golob why the Koroška region is yet to see more heavy machinery needed for repairs. The prime minister said "the machinery spilled over to other places" for reasons unknown to him.

He expressed confidence that this will be addressed soon, as Bratušek took over the coordination "of the whole, the water and road infrastructure".

Bratušek has been named as a stand-in for another department after the previous minister of the environment and spatial planning, Uroš Brežan, was forced to resign because of what Golob saw as inefficiency in post-flood reconstruction efforts, a charge that Brežan denied.


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