Croatia has the largest supply of drinking water in the European Union, however also the highest losses of water. In the drinking water system of Croatia up to 80 percent of the fresh water is lost due mainly to old pipes.
The vast majority of the water pipes throughout the fresh water system are older than 50 years old meaning a huge problem with leakages.
The solution to the chronic situation in the water supply network is seen by many in withdrawing funds from EU funds. Croatia has around 200 utility companies, and in order to increase the efficiency of the system, the solution is seen in their unification.