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CDIA Re-engages With Dushanbe City to Further Support its Water and Sanitation Sector

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CDIA has begun a new project preparation study (PPS) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan to ensure the availability of water supply and sanitation (WSS) services for its residents.

“We are delighted to work again with the city and continue what we have started during our first PPS in 2018,” says Program Manager Neil Chadder. “Through our second PPS, we hope to continue developing more infrastructure investments that will help the city improve the health and well-being of their people.”

From the first PPS, CDIA was able to prepare a set of WSS interventions that aims to improve water supply in Dushanbe’s Shohmansur District, improve sanitation in the southeastern part of the city and recommend capacity development measures for the State Unitary Enterprise Dushanbe Vodokanal (DVK), the agency responsible for the city’s WSS services. The estimated value of the measures under the proposed “priority project” was $75.58 million.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has financed the implementation of the priority project through the Dushanbe Water Supply and Sanitation Project (DWSSP). However, its grant financing of US$41.22 million was only able to cover 55% of the CDIA-proposed interventions.

To cover the rest of the priority project, the Tajikistan government is currently discussing the potential for a further ADB grant under the Additional Financing-Dushanbe Water Supply and Sanitation Project (AF-DWSSP).

A team of CDIA experts will support the government of Dushanbe and ADB to develop the infrastructure investments for the AF-DWSSP.

“We saw the extent of the problem in Dushanbe’s water supply and sanitation systems,” says Neil. “The implementation of all recommended interventions under the priority project is therefore critical to fully address the issues that hamper the provision of these services. Even more so now with the COVID-19 pandemic,” he adds.

Dushanbe’s water supply system covers 99% of the population and provides continuous supply to certain areas. However, its services are seriously impaired by high water losses due to overaged infrastructure, inaccurate registration of customers and inadequate billing and collection practices.

Similarly, the sanitation situation in the city is characterized by a worn-out sewerage network and ineffective wastewater treatment mechanisms. Wastewater gets discharged into water bodies and untreated surface water gets into their water network. These issues increase both environmental and health risks for the residents.

Under the new PPS, the CDIA experts will update its previous study to find additional ways to rehabilitate and expand Dushanbe’s water supply system. They will examine the city’s water transmission, pumping stations, storage, distribution system and customer connections. They will also look into the rehabilitation of some sewerage main pipelines and the expansion of the sewerage system to unserved areas in the Shohmansur District.

The CDIA team will undertake the PPS in two stages. At stage I, they will analyze the water and sanitation problems in the city and review the work items prepared by DVK. They will determine the detailed scope of the AF-DWSSP from these activities.

At stage 2, CDIA experts will update its earlier PPS to consider the technical feasibility of the proposed interventions, including climate proofing measures and capacity development interventions for DVK on non-revenue water reduction, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) practices and COVID-19 emergency response.

CDIA will consult all relevant stakeholders at each critical stage of the project, with the final PPS outcome to be presented in a workshop in approximately four months’ time.

“We have a great working relationship with the city,” says Neil. “That is why even though the pandemic prevents us from working with our partners in-person, we are confident that we can make our online engagements work. We are committed to deliver the same high-quality PPS that the city needs to enable them to eventually provide their water and sanitation services in the most efficient, effective and sustainable manner,” he adds.

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