Cholpon-Ata, in the Kyrgyz Republic, is in urgent need of better water infrastructure. The water mains and pipelines, some of of which were installed 60 years ago, keep bursting, with some neighbourhoods even lacking access to tap water altogether. This makes it hard to meet even the most basic hygiene guidelines, the importance of which cannot be underestimated given the current coronavirus pandemic.
Cholpon-Ata residents will soon have better access to safe drinking water thanks to the joint support of the EBRD, EIB and support of its donors, the European Union and Early Transition Countries Fund (Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taipei China and the United Kingdom).
The Cholpon-Ata Water Company is upgrading and expanding its water sources and network. Meanwhile, maintenance vehicles purchased with EBRD and donor funding are helping the company to maintain an uninterrupted water supply for its customers.