History of drinking water distribution on the island of Hvar

  • Javna slavina pokraj glavnih gradskih vrata u Hvaru

    Year 1923

    In 1923, the water supply system of the town of Hvar was built from the Vorba spring near Hvar. The supply took place by free fall through pipelines from the source to the built water reservoirs on Kopit. Reservoirs supplied several public fountains, hotels and individual houses.
  • Javna slavina na rivi u Jelsi

    Year 1934

    In 1934, thanks to Mayor Jure Duboković-Nadalinija, a drinking water supply system was built in Jelsa from the "Vir" spring. Water was available to citizens at several public taps per place. The supply took place in such a way that, from 20 meters above sea level from the spring, the free fall of the pipeline touched the public taps in the place.
  • Javna slavina na "Bankete"

    Year 1960

    12/20/1960 year, a company called HVAR WATER SUPPLY was founded with its headquarters in Jelsa.
  • Prva crpka sa crpilišta Libora

    Year 1963

    In 1963, the Libora water pumping station was built and the distribution of drinking water on the island of Hvar began. From the Libor pumping station, drinking water rose into the Tunel water reservoir at 206 m above sea level. from whence it was distributed by gravity to the north and south sides of the island. Today, water from the Libora water pumping station is pumped into the Tatinja water reservoir (90 m above sea level), where it mixes with water from the mainland. The pumping pump at the Libor pumping station, using the pre-pressure from the Tatinja reservoir, raises water in the Tunel reservoir.
  • Polaganje podmorskog cijevovoda

    Year 1986

    In 1986, new quantities of water flowed from the Cetina River through the Omiš-Brač-Hvar regional water supply system. From the Zagrad (240 m above sea level) on the Cetina, the water reaches the Brač reservoir at 153 m above sea level via a submarine pipeline. From the Brač reservoir, it reaches the central Tatinja reservoir on Hvar through a hydraulic tunnel and an underwater pipeline. In the described way, the maximum amount of water from the land is 50 l / s.
  • Year 1986

    In 1986, the town of Sućuraj was connected to the Makarska water supply system.
  • Year 1989

    In 1989, a pumping pump was put into operation in the Oskorušica bay on the island of Hvar, increasing the flow from 50 to 75 l / s. In 2001, a new pump was added. This increased the maximum flow to 86 l / s.


Hvarski vodovod d.o.o. Jelsa is a company that provides peak water supply on the entire island of Hvar, and drainage for the municipalities of Jelsa and Sucuraj and the town of Stari Grad.

The long-term planning goals of the Company are:

  • ensuring full water supply of all settlements on the island of Hvar
  • providing sufficient quantities of water for the needs of the domicile population and unhindered economic development
  • reducing distribution losses and costs by ensuring full automation in the control and management of all water bodies

The Company's business policy is focused on the timely preparation of project documentation in order to prepare for possible investment opportunities. Expected sources of financing for the construction of water facilities, both water supply and sewerage, are own funds from the development fee and funds from the EU accession funds.

The island of Hvar is supplied from:

  • own springs "Libor" in Jelsa (about 40 l / s), and "Vir" (6l / s) and "Garmica" (about 15l / s) which are used in a timely manner during the summer
  • regional system Omiš - Brač - Hvar - Vis (put into operation in 1986), from the treatment plant "Zagrad" on the Cetina and submarine pipelines over the island of Brač (about 115l / s gravity)
  • Makarska Waterworks system (up to 5l / s) by submarine pipeline "Duba - Sucuraj"

So, the total available amount of water on the island of Hvar with currently about 180 l / s. Today, the company carries out its core business with about 40 employees who maintain the entire system of about 270 km of pipelines of various profiles and over 8,500 water supply connections.