Uzbekistan to direct funds toward water supply systems development
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, July 11 / Trend D. Azizov /
Until 2020, Uzbekistan will direct $2.76 billion toward the reconstruction and construction of water and sewage systems.
In total, Uzbekistan plans to direct $1.98 billion for projects to develop and modernize the water supply system and $780 million for sewerage projects.
These funds will be used to ensure reliable operation of the water and sewer communications and full coverage of needs of the regions in water supply and sewerage systems using modern resource-and energy-efficient technologies, financial and material and technical rehabilitation of water supply companies, the introduction of new accounting methods of consumers, saving energy.
Funding for the program is provided by the state budget of the country, and also due to the credits of the international financial institutions.
According to Uzbek Public Utilities agency, at present, centralized drinking water supply systems are available in 119, or 100 per cent of cities and in 8,100 (73 percent) of rural settlements of the republic. The average daily drinking water withdrawal is 6.25 million cubic meters, including from the surface water - 2.4 million cubic meters (38 percent) and groundwater - 3.85 million cubic meters (62 percent).
The total length of water pipelines and networks amounts to 62,900 kilometers, of which 21,100 kilometers (about 33.6 per cent) need replacement or reconstruction.
The technical condition of sewer systems in urban and rural areas of the country requires repair and modernization - the reconstruction is necessary for 2,990 kilometers (44.2 percent) from 6,760 kilometers of sewers of the country.