Kyrgyzstan launches water supply and sanitation sector development program in 2017

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Bishkek, March 24 / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan launches in 2017 a new program "Ala-Too bulagy" aimed at the development of the water supply and sanitation sector. At the first stage (2017-2021) international financial institutions allocate $51 million.

The press service of ARIS reports that today, on March 24, a round table devoted to the World Water Day was held in Bishkek. The preservation and rational use of water is an urgent problem for the world community in general and for the Central Asian region in particular. By the decision of the UN General Assembly, the International Water Day is celebrated annually on March 22, and 2017 is devoted to the topic "Wastewater".

"In Kyrgyzstan, the solution of the issues of providing the population with clean drinking water has been raised to the status of a state task. That is why among the participants are deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic, members of the Kyrgyz Government, representatives of ministries, departments, local governments, municipal enterprises, civil society, and donor and international organizations that help the country in developing the drinking water supply and sanitation sector," the report said.

In 2017, a new program "Ala-Too bulagy" will be launched in Kyrgyzstan, aimed at the development of the water supply and sanitation sector. At the first stage (2017-2021) international financial institutions will allocate $ 51 million. Four areas were included in the program implementation area: the World Bank (US $ 28 million, Phase I) - Osh, Chui, Issyk-Kul; By the Islamic Development Bank (US $ 23 million, I stage) -Jalal-Abad. At the second stage (2018-2025), the World Bank plans to allocate $ 36 million.

According to data of the Department of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Development of the State Agency for Architecture, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Kyrgyz Republic, there are 1805 villages on the territory of the country, 595 of them do not have sufficient access to centralized drinking water; In 390 villages there are no water supply networks at all, and the population consumes water from open water sources.

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