BELARUS WATER AND ENVIRONMENT

Location:

Belarus

Project number:

2842

Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:

Public

Environmental category:

B

PSD disclosed:

17 Feb 1997

Project Description

An investment programme to expand and improve water supply and waste-water collection and treatment in the cities of Brest, Grodno and Vitebsk. This project has been suspended.

The main objective is to address the investment needs of the cities of Brest, Grodno and Vitebsk regarding water supply and waste-water collection and treatment. The secondary objective is to enhance the financial and operational performance of the cities' municipal water companies through a Corporate Partnership Programme with a Western utility operator.

Transition Impact

The improved availability and quality of drinking water will improve the basic living conditions for a large part of the population in the three cities, and the improved waste-water treatment will have a positive environmental impact. The project will introduce the principle of cost coverage in the supply of municipal services.

The Client

The Republic of Belarus represented by the Ministry of Housing and Municipal Services. The Ministry will on-lend the proceeds of the loan to the municipal water companies in the cities of Brest, Grodno and Vitebsk.

EBRD Finance

EBRD loan: US$ 14 million
State/local contribution: US$ 11.4 million
International grants: US$ 2.9 million

Project Cost

US$ 28.3 million (ECU 22.8 million)

Environmental Impact

The project was screened B/0, requiring an environmental analysis. Its objectives are primarily environmental as the project would contribute to the improvement of the basic living conditions for a large part of the population in the cities of Brest, Grodno and Vitebsk in Belarus.

The environmental analysis of this project demonstrated that all key environmental issues associated with the investment programme will be adequately addressed in the design and during the construction. The project is a priority investment programme, which will address the most urgent needs only.

In particular, the implementation of the project will contribute to achieving the following objectives:

improving drinking water in all three cities;

  • reducing water demand as a result of improvements to the water network, leakage detection, water metering programmes and a public information programme as well as the introduction of new tariffs which reflect more accurately the economic cost of the provision of water supply and waste-water treatment services;
  • reducing energy costs by an estimated 20 - 35 per cent through investment in new submersible pumps and pumping stations in both the water and waste-water systems;
  • reducing the pollution load to the rivers West Bug, Mukhaviets, Neman and West Dvina and the pollution reaching the Baltic Sea through improvements to the waste-water treatment plants in each of the cities.

The client will be requested to report annually to the EBRD on project implementation, including environment and health and safety issues.

Technical Cooperation

Technical cooperation has been provided for project preparation and feasibility studies. Technical cooperation funding will be provided by bilateral donors for the Corporate Partnership Programme and for assistance in project implementation.

 

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