The main activity in the project is the elaboration of the documentation needed for the construction of sewer systems and waste-water treatment plants in several smaller towns in the border area (Goričan, Őrtilos and Szentmihályhegy). By creating the prerequisites for waste-water canalizing and treatment before emission into the environment, the project will in the long-term contribute to the protection of underground and surface sources of drinking water and improvement of quality of life and protection of health, as well as preservation of wildlife, biodiversity and the whole ecosystem, followed by economic development, tourism development, economic and social cohesion.
The landscape of the Mura river is one of the most preserved natural habitats in Europe. However, it is being threatened by the waste waters of the small communities residing on its banks, on both sides of the border. In order to contribute to the preservation of this unique natural area and to increase the quality of life of the local population, the local governments of Goričan and Őrtilos came together to use the resources of the Programme to develop a modern waste-water treatment facility and sewer systems for the local Communities.