Water Access, Pollution Realities in Naryn: EBRD to fund FS, Project
Instead of conjuring up mining related pollution problems (see also Postcard from Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic), the City of Naryn and multilateral lenders seem to be embracing the realities associated with dilapidated water and waste water treatment systems.
In June 2013, EBRD announced a
As noted in EBRD’s procurement notice, water supply operations in the Kyrgyz Republic are characterized by severely deteriorated assets for water supply and wastewater collection; very limited wastewater treatment; high operations and maintenance costs due to the deteriorated state of the assets; unreliable water supply, sometimes only 2 hours every second day; families storing water in bathtubs and buckets when supply is available; outbreaks of water borne diseases, especially during summer; and, low institutional capacity to manage operationally and financially sustainable water supply services.
As I can confirm from my own site visit to Naryn (see picture sampling public water supply above) in response to NGO and other comments about pollution problems from the Kumtor mine (located some 200 km upstream), Naryn household connection rates to water are significantly below those in the capital region and do not meet potable quality standards. This results in a high prevalence of water borne diseases, as I also learned from
The EBRD-funded project is hoping to create inclusion impacts on three levels: a significant increase of water connections in relation to the total population in Naryn; continuous 24 hour supply for all connected households; and an increase of the quality of water at the end-user point for all connected households. The EBRD-funded feasibility study is designed to support the assessment of the potential inclusion element of the Project by providing a baseline against relevant indicators and by developing a methodology to monitor progress throughout the project delivery and evaluation phases.
The investment cost for the proposed Project seem modest and, given Kyrgyzstan economic conditions, will be subsidized with grants. The estimated total investment is EUR 5 million, of which EUR 2.0 million would be a loan and the remainder would be a grant towards capital expenditures. One hopes that the implementation will not have the same challenges experienced by the Almaty–Bishkek Road Rehabilitation Project, which was also funded by multilateral lenders. A