AfDB $ 161 million loan to improve wastewater management in Uzbekistan
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (Nov 25, 2021) – The Asian Development Bank (AfDB) approved a $ 161 million loan to help develop an integrated wastewater management system in Tashkent Province, Uzbekistan that will improve access reliable water supply and sanitation services.
“Modern and reliable water supply and sanitation services are essential to unlock the economic potential of large urban agglomerations such as Tashkent province, which serves as an economic engine for Uzbekistan,” said the director general of AfDB for Central and Western Asia, Yevgeniy Zhukov. “This project builds on our previous work to increase access to a safe and reliable water supply in the country, while promoting environmental sustainability, climate resilience and best health practices.”
Less than 20% of the population of Tashkent province is connected to sewage systems, while the rest depend on pit latrines and earthen ditches, practices that threaten public health and the quality of the environment . The sanitation system in urban areas has not been extended since 1991, while the wastewater treatment plants and networks are no longer functional. Rural settlements lack sanitation services, resulting in the discharge of large amounts of untreated wastewater into the environment.
The AfDB-supported project will modernize centralized urban sanitation systems in the six towns of Akhangaran, Almalyk, Angren, Bekabod, Chirchik and Yangiyul, as well as in the urban center of Chinaz. It will support the construction and rehabilitation of purification stations and sewerage networks, as well as the installation of water meters for the benefit of more than 800,000 people.
The project will install septic tanks and provide access to decentralized sanitation systems to 136,000 people in 70 rural settlements in Chinaz, Yangiyul and Zangiota districts. It will help build the capacity of the provincial water supply and sanitation service, Tashkent Suvtaminot, through training and management support.
“This project will introduce smart water supply and sanitation management solutions that include digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, remote sensors and analytics,” said Jung Ho Kim, senior specialist of ADB urban development. “The project will also help instill appropriate water, sanitation, hygiene and health practices through gender-responsive awareness campaigns aimed at helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. and other diseases. ”
The AfDB will also administer a technical assistance grant of $ 800,000 to help implement institutional reforms and capacity building. Half of the amount will be financed by the Spanish Cooperation Fund for Technical Assistance and the other half by the e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund of the Republic of Korea.
Since Uzbekistan joined the ADB in 1995, the bank has committed loans, grants and technical assistance of more than $ 10 billion to support the development of the country.
The AfDB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while continuing its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Founded in 1966, it is owned by 68 members-49 from the region.