First Release

Year: LIX.
Zagreb, 06 July 2022

ISSN 1334-0557



In 2021, the total volume of waste waters amounted to 356 547 thousand m3, which was a negligible increase (of 0.1%) compared to 2020.

Out of the total volume of waste waters, 190 744 thousand m3 were from households and economic activities (increase of 0.6%), while 165 803 thousand mwere other waste waters (precipitations, etc.).

The volume of waste waters discharged from households increased by 2.0%, while those from economic activities decreased by 2.1% compared to the previous year.

In 2021, the volume of treated waste waters amounted to 296 783 thousand m3, which was 0.5% less than the total volume of treated waste waters in 2020.

The volume of untreated waste waters amounted to 59 764 thousand m3, which was 3.1% more than in the previous year.

The public sewage network in 2021 was 13 664km long, which was 1.6% more than in 2020.

The total number of waste water treatment plants was 183 in 2021. The number of primary and tertiary treatment plants increased, while the number of secondary treatment plants decreased, by 4.5%.

More detailed data will be available in the database on 21 July 2022.


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     2020 2021 Indices
Waste waters – total 356 149 356 547 100,1
From households 126 843 129 386 102,0
From economic activities 62 692 61 358 97,9
Other waters 166 614 165 803 99,5
Discharged treated waste waters – total 298 182 296 783 99,5
Primary treatment 70 202 60 118 85,6
Secondary treatment 199 940 207 538 103,8
Tertiary treatment 28 040 29 127 103,9
Discharged untreated waste waters 57 967 59 764 103,1


     2020 2021 Indices
Total length of public sewage network, km 13 453 13 664 101,6
Waste water treatment plants 174 183 105,2
Number of primary treatment plants  65 74 113,8
Number of secondary treatment plants  88 84 95,5
Number of tertiary treatment plants  21 25 119,0


Sources and methods of data collection

The data on the public sewage system are collected by using the annual statistical survey entitled the Annual Survey on Public Sewage System (VOD-2K form) on the basis of the Official Statistics Act (NN, No. 25/20).

Reporting units are public suppliers of public sewage system services. According to the Water Act (NN, Nos 66/19 and 84/21), the public supplier of sewage system services is a company in which all shares or equity shares are held by local self-government units or companies in which all shares or equity shares are held directly by local self-government units, that is, an institution founded by a local self-government unit.

The report is filled in by legal entities and parts thereof that are registered, according to the NKD 2007. (NN, Nos 58/07 and 72/07), in section E Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities, class 37.00 Sewerage.

Coverage and comparability

The source for the address list is the Statistical Business Register.

The survey provides basic data on waste waters, their treatment and discharge as well as on the public sewerage network and waste water treatment plants.


Public sewerage means the activity of collection of waste waters, their transport to a waste water treatment plant, treatment and direct or indirect discharge into surface waters, treatment of sludge generated in the process of waste water treatment, if the above is conducted through public sewerage facilities, and management of these facilities; public sewerage also includes pumping and transport of waste water from sump pits.

Waste waters are all potentially polluted industrial, sanitary, rainwater and other waters.

Treated waste waters comprise all amounts of waste waters treated by using either primary (mechanical), secondary (biological) or tertiary (combined) treatment method.

The primary treatment includes the application of physical and/or chemical processes by which at least 50% of suspended solids are removed from the waste water, while the BOD5 value decreases by as much as 20%, as compared to the BOD5 value of influent waters.

The secondary treatment includes the application of biological and/or other treatment processes by which the concentration of suspended solids and BOD5 decreases by 70% to 90% and the concentration of COD by at least 75%.

The tertiary treatment includes the application of physical and chemical, biological and other treatment processes by which the concentration of nutritious matters of influent in waste waters decreases by as much as 80%, or other pollutants, which could not be removed to that extent in the secondary treatment, are now removed as well.

Discharged waste waters consist of discharges of treated and untreated waters. The waters can be discharged into ground waters, waterflows, reservoirs, lakes and the sea.

Public sewage network is a network of enclosed public drains and sewers used either for draining of both waste and atmospheric waters together (general water sewage system), or for separate draining of waste and atmospheric waters (separation water sewage system).

Total length of the public sewage network is the length of the sewerage network of enclosed public drains and pipes for wastewater and atmospheric waters from settlements, without connections and networks within buildings.

Waste water treatment plants are devices for the treatment of waste water. They are divided to devices for the primary, secondary and tertiary treatment.


BOD5 biochemical oxygen demand
COD chemical oxygen demand
km kilometre
m3 cubic metre
NKD 2007. National Classification of Activities, 2007 version
NN Narodne novine, official gazette of the Republic of Croatia
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