Drinking Water Supply to Be Improved in the Valley
The Uzbek government has approved a set of measures until 2022 to perk up the drinking water supply system of the Ferghana Valley.
Now the provision of centralized water supply to the population of the valley has reached 71.6% (6.5 million people), including 74.6% in the Andijan region, 65.2% in Namangan and 74.1% in the Ferghana region.
Fresh water is the main source of drinking water supply. However, unfortunately, the sources of groundwater suitable for use are not widespread. At the same time, water quality deterioration to a depth of 100150 meters is noted on some sources because of intensive development of lands, including in the territory of neighboring countries, which requires the development and implementation of new technological solutions for the rational exploitation of aquifers.
Another problem is the high wear and tear of the process equipment, because of which part of the group and single water intake facilities is in nonoperating condition.
These problems are aggravated by the constant growth of the population, the construction of new multi-storey residential areas and urban settlements, the development of industry and agriculture. In this connection, it became necessary to take effective measures to further improve the drinking water supply system of the population by expanding the use of fresh groundwater resources.
Within the framework of these measures, Uzbek specialists will conduct large-scale hydrogeological work on the increase and revaluation of groundwater resources in the valley. In three years, more than 54 billion soums will be allocated for this.
In addition, it is planned to build and reconstruct more than 570 operational and observation wells, sending over 1.3 billion soums for this. As a result, the daily increase in water, according to experts, should be 338.3 thousand cubic meters.