To­wards Qual­ity Wa­ter Sup­plies

The Coca-Cola Foun­da­tion is to in­vest 100,000 US dol­lars in a pro­ject to im­prove the wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem in the Takhtakupyr district of Karakalpak­stan as part of the joint UN pro­gram on the Aral Sea.

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Ac­cord­ing to the UN, to date, more than 40% of the world’s pop­u­la­tion suf­fers from wa­ter short­ages, 884 mil­lion peo­ple are de­prived of ac­cess to clean wa­ter and over 1.7 bil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in river basins need ad­di­tional sources of fresh wa­ter.

The dry­ing out of the Aral Sea en­tailed a whole com­plex of so­cioe­co­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­se­quences in Karakalpak­stan. As a re­sult, as lit­tle as 50.8% of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion has ac­cess to a cen­tral­ized wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem, while re­mote com­mu­ni­ties have lo­cally in­stalled sources of wa­ter sup­ply, in­clud­ing wa­ter ex­tracted from arte­sian wells with a depth of 400-500 me­ters.

Cur­rently, in the vil­lages of Mak­pal-Kol, Ata-Kol in the Takhtakupyr district, ac­cess to drink­ing wa­ter is pos­si­ble only with the help of hand pumps. This neg­a­tively af­fects the health of lo­cal res­i­dents and san­i­ta­tion.

The pro­ject “Im­prov­ing Ac­cess to Drink­ing Wa­ter in Ru­ral Ar­eas of the Aral Sea Re­gion” pro­vides for a num­ber of mea­sures to re­store the wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion sta­tion be­fore the end of 2018. It is planned to pur­chase and in­stall new equip­ment for wa­ter treat­ment, re­pair of the sta­tion and in­stal­la­tion of wa­ter pipes. Upon com­ple­tion of the scheme, about 2 thou­sand peo­ple will have ac­cess to clean arte­sian wa­ter.

In ad­di­tion, a se­ries of train­ings and sem­i­nars in­volv­ing lo­cal peo­ple and the district hokimiyat will be or­ga­nized on san­i­ta­tion and hy­giene in ed­u­ca­tional and med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions in the frame­work of a new pro­ject.

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