Akylbek Japarov,
Minister of Finance,
Kyrgyz Republic
 
Kara-Balta, Kyrgyz Republic --- (METERING.COM) --- September 3, 2012 - The Kara-Balta Water Company has been awarded €5 million in support from the EBRD for household and bulk water metering and other activities to rehabilitate the company’s water and wastewater networks.

This will enable the water supply and wastewater services to meet local requirements and to move towards achieving full compliance with EU standards.

The project will be financed by a €2 million loan to Kara-Balta Water Company and grant funds of €3 million from the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund.

Additional grants of €1.3 million from the EBRD will be used to support project implementation and to provide technical assistance to strengthen operational and financial sustainability of the Kara-Balta Water Company.

“The project will allow the city to rehabilitate the water networks, install consumer metering to provide a management tool for leakage detection and to replace depleted water pumps,” said Akylbek Japarov, Minister of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic. “These measures will lead to a reduction of leakage as well as a reduction of excessive use of water at household level. As a consequence operating and maintenance costs for water supply will be reduced as well.”

Daily domestic per capita usage of water in Kara-Balta is estimated at 170 l, which is higher than in many other industrialized towns in Europe. In 2011 the total daily loss and wastage of water produced was estimated at 78 percent.

The Kara-Balta project is the third to be implemented under the Kyrgyz Republic Water and Wastewater Framework, a sovereign framework of up to €20 million to co-finance with international donors priority water and wastewater rehabilitation subprojects across the Republic.

The project will benefit about 40,000 people living in the city of Kara-Balta, which is one of the largest industrial and transport hubs in the northern part of the Kyrgyz Republic.