François Allain, Director of SADE Serbia

Strong Operational Culture & Technological Expertise

Environmental pollution, including intensive usage of chemicals in agriculture, as well as wastewater discharged directly into natural recipients like rivers or lakes, represents the key problem for water treatment… Furthermore, it is very complex to preserve and control the actual sources of drinking water

The pollution of underground water sources by unregulated landfills is a huge problem. Even though this is a long-term process that’s not easily detected by the human eye alone, every single piece of waste enters underground water sooner or later and pollutes it.

Although treatment technologies are sometimes outdated, they generally fulfil their role in terms of functionality.

The standard technologies that are applied worldwide have existed in Serbia for a long time already, and the continual follow up of new up-to-date treatment technologies by local experts certainly enables the installing of the same either in newly designed or upgraded plants.

How do you evaluate the quality of drinking water in Serbia and what needs to be done to improve it?

Some 65 per cent of the waterline networks in Serbia is hygienically safe for water.

It should be noted that the quality of water in urban areas is mostly satisfactory. Nevertheless, there are constant warnings regarding the deterioration of smaller waterline networks in non-urban areas, where regular and systematic maintenance is not applied.

Our team completed the rehabilitation of the drinking water treatment plant “Štrand” in Novi Sad, with a capacity of 1500L/s. The plant is now operational, to our great satisfaction

The main focus should be on the preservation and control of water sources in order to maintain or improve the quality of potable water and ensure it is maintained at the required level. Raising awareness among the population and striving to improve their environmental behaviour is also an absolute necessity.

What are the most important projects you are currently working on in Serbia?

Amongst others, and just a few days ago, our team completed the rehabilitation of the drinking water treatment plant “Štrand” in Novi Sad, with a capacity of 1500L/s. The plant is now operational, to our great satisfaction. This is a perfect example of an existing plant being upgraded with the latest technologies, including ozone production, activated carbon filtration etc.

As a specialist in environmental protection related activities, SADE provided a proposal that was fully in line with the requirements of the investor and therefore signed the agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection for the remediation and rehabilitation of the Zajača smelter landfill. The hazardous waste deposited there has been creating serious pollution and environmental problems for years, but now this issue is about to be solved….

For us, this is not just about solving a particular environmental case, but about making another step towards raising the awareness of the society regarding the importance of sustainable development for future generations.

Are you satisfied with your business results in Serbia following the merger of companies Sade and Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies?

SADE is a leader in the field of environmental infrastructure, with a strong operational culture… The expertise of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies are technological solutions and they provide the entire range of services required to design, build, maintain and upgrade water and wastewater treatment facilities for clients in the industrial and public sectors. Conjoining the competencies and know-how of these two companies allows us to provide a full range of solutions and services to our customers.

Many environmental issues are still to be tackled in Serbia and our team is absolutely ready and operational to face any such challenge!