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Ecology Information No. 5
September, 2008

Water supply and drainage

Water supply becomes a global problem and especially the amounts of portable water are dramatically reduced. This is also the case with Prilep, where the hydrosystem "Studencica", which is 72 km far from the town, supplies with water not only Prilep but also its neighboring communities of Kicevo, Makedonski Brod, Krusevo and Dolneni.

According to its quality, the water is suitable for drinking, without any additional processing. The system was constructed in the 1980-ies and , with major or minor problems, it functions to the present day. The main spring lies at an altitude of 1780m, and the altitude of the spring that "goes" to Prilep is 965 m. The spring flow is variable, depending on the time of the year. Rate of discharged water is the highest from April to June and the lowest from October to January. A part of these quantities are left in the Studenciza river bed, to maintain its hydrobiological minimum, and the rest is transported to the consumers.
Climate changes, prolonged periods of droughts, reduced amounts of snowfalls etc. often diminish the abundance of water in the spring, which endangers water supply of the inhabitants and their quality of life.

Further investigations on alternative sources are needed to improve this situation, e.g. Pitron spring which is located in the vicinity of Studencica route to Prilep.
A real environmental risk are wastewaters from Prilep. Due to configuration of the terrain, poor river flow of Gradska Reka and lack of percolation station, these waters are a huge threat to the environment of this region and wider, across Blato and Crna Reka.

 

agr.eng. Angelko Angeleski

agrometeorologist

Petre Nikoloski,
2006


photography:
Natasa Jarik, 2006

 

photography:
Natasa Jarik, 2006



Urban chaos in Prilep at the threshold of the 21st century

A new urban development policy - imperative for the local authorities.

Mixed architectural styles, desecrated monuments of culture, illegal constructions all around, showing ignorance rather than tendency - all this additionally disfigures the picture of the town. It became unrecognizable and its beauty is melted with contemporary mass culture, kitsch, ignorance and megalomania of those who have excess of money but lack of conscious and education to preserve the spirit, charm and style of the old Prilep.

This is a sublimated opinion of experts, architects, educated citizens who love their native town, casual passers-by, newsboys or burek -sellers at each corner of the Railway Station, shopkeepers who were not informed how to arrange the exterior of their shop in the Old Bazaar - cultural monument protected by law.
It’s a pity that no local authority so far had a sense for urban planning of Prilep. The town has lost its spirit and identity. Over there is a cross on Markovi Kuli and a church of St Nicholas in the center of the town, just opposite to the statue of Metodia Andonov Cento. Immediately behind Kursumli An there is a monument of Alaxander the Great. Such a catastrophic compilation of distastefulness is hard to find anywhere else in the world. Everything goes!

-The town is not a backgammon, to group the figures as we wish. There ought to be some law, a strategy or plan for development – said a woman from Prilep, who insisted on anonymity, afraid that her subjective truth might be misunderstood.

Another woman, who lost her job in the transition period, said that the blame for this situation lied in all the majors elected so far.

-I think that pluralism destroyed our town. Each authority brings new plans, new conceptions. Prilep is not a private property of some political party. If they do not know how to develop a good development policy, they can ask and take examples from abroad. Our mayors visited so many countries, twinning our town to so many towns throughout the world. I don't believe they've found such disorder elsewhere.

While preparing this article, however, we met many cocitizens who claimed that Prilep, especially in the last few years, has developed faster than ever.

- We can see many fountains in the center of the town, and also the monument of Itar Peyo, I've heard that the monument of King Marko will be erected soon... So, why should we complain? Something is always better than nothing.

- Well, the local authorities surely know whether these monuments fit in with plans of the town or not. They would certainly not work on their own - was the remark of a retired person.

Some of the employees in Komercijalna Banka expressed their satisfaction with the complete management of the space around the Bank, with a sole remark that the granite pavement was not the best choice. It must be replaced with some other material, because whenever it rains or snows, it becomes unsafe to walk on and older people are at risk to fall.

In addition, there were cafe owners who reacted to the fact that some of them were allowed to usurp the space of the City Promenade, and others were not.
And thus, everyone has its own observation, its own opinion coming from the heart, motivated by love for the native town and by desire to see Prilep as beautiful as it can be.
In one they all agree: with well-defined and sustainable urban development policy, Prilep will become a modern, urbanized town with contemporary roads, parking space, markets, squares and industrial zones, by example of the European towns. Our aspiration is to enter into European Union, but such as we are, with this outfit, no one will want us there.

Monika Taleska, journalist




  


FOLKLORE AND ETHNOLOGY

Folklore and ethnology are important areas through which specific components of life and cultural development of Prilep and its surrounding can be revealed. They can be considered as social phenomena which aggregates everything created or inherited by the population of this region during the centuries of its historical development and everything that can be handed down through tradition to future generations.

In the times when our nation had no ability to make notes and documents on its existence and the imposed historical events, the people's genius from Prilep expressed itself through folklore and other creations of material and spiritual culture. It created wonderful works in folklore and ethnology, achieving supreme aesthetic values which had enormous importance for its self-preservation. It left deep traces preserving its customs, language and religion, continuously complementing itself in folk songs, stories and legends, in its famous rugs, national costumes and handicrafts - masterpieces created by Prilep's women.

Vladimir Karadjoski,
Phd. in sociology,
ethnology and folklore

archive,
Museum of Prilep


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