Investments into Modernization
A new order of a hundred percent prepayment for water supply and sanitation is being introduced in Uzbekistan from 1 January 2018.
In the absence of a prepayment, a number of measures will be applied to consumers, up to a complete cutoff from water supply and sanitation systems. In this case, the reconnection will be carried out with a charge of from twofold to tenfold minimum wage, depending on the consumer category.
This decision is caused by systemic problems and shortcomings that have accumulated in the water supply and sewerage system of the republic, which became the reasons for increasing debts for water supply and sanitation services, reducing payment discipline, which eventually led to stagnation of the industry as a whole.
In particular, the existing water supply and sewerage networks and water supply facilities of the republic have been operating for more than 40 years, and more than 35% of water supply lines and water supply networks need urgent repairs. In addition, the coverage of meters at water intake facilities, waterways, water supply networks and other water supply and sanitation facilities is only 29.4%, and their coverage of consumers is at 42%.
The deplorable state of water supply and sanitation facilities leads to significant water losses that are as high as 40%, caused by numerous leaks and accidents during its transportation and sale to consumers, as well as supply disruptions, especially in the field.
Another important change is now to control the flow of funds for water will be employees of the Bureau of Compulsory Execution at the General Prosecutor's Office.
In particular, they were given the right to verify the completeness and reliability of accounting for the supply, consumption and timeliness of settlements not only for electric power and natural gas, but also for water, including economic entities, without agreement with the Republican Council for Coordinating the Activities of Controlling Bodies.
If the economic entities have arrears of water for their bank accounts, compulsory collection orders for its indisputable collection will be issued, and in respect of individuals, the demand for withholding from wages.
In addition, the employees of the bureau have the right to disconnect consumers from water supply and sewerage networks in cases of late payment of water bills, failure to comply with the bureau's instructions, as well as in detecting theft facts, illegal connections to networks.