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.
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.