The project would consist of a sovereign loan of up to EUR 3.5 million, on-lent to the Company to finance improvements in the municipal water supply system by extending is pipeline to a more reliable source. The objective of the project is to enable the City water municipal Company to provide a 24/7 service to Poti inhabitants.
Performance improvement and commercialisation of the Company by improving revenue collection; staffing levels; financial management and capital investment planning; unaccounted for water; organisational efficiency; and, customer relations.
The new tariff policy (aiming at cost recovery levels) and installation of meters should also create an economic incentive for the rational consumption of water.
Skills and knowledge transfer will take place during the Technical Co-operation Programmes for the preparation or delivery of: a Feasibility Study; a Corporate Development Support Programme for the Company, an Implementation Support Programme; and engineering services for design, procurement and supervision.
- The proposed project would bring improved standards of transparency and governance in a number of new ways such as: requiring financial reports to be produced to International Financial Reporting Standards; requiring international tendering for the contracts; requiring annual financial and health and safety reports to be produced and published; helping the Company to create a new customer relations strategy and complaints handling procedures; and, exposing the current management to an independent, expert review of current operating and financial management practices along with the development and implementation of recommendations to bring greater efficiency.
The Poti Water and Wastewater Company was established as a limited liability municipal enterprise on 25 June 2002.
The Company provides water and wastewater services in the City of Poti and the neighbouring communities with a total population of 70,000. It operates a 254 kilometre water network with one treatment plant, 38 pump stations, five potable water storage tanks, a reservoir, and a 45 kilometre sewerage network with 12 pumps.
Sovereign loan of up to EUR 3.5 million on-lent to the Company.
City of Poti contribution of up to EUR 1 million
Grant finance of up to EUR 3.54 million
Note: the Donor of the Grant component will be identified at a later stage. The Grant portion is needed in order to keep affordability within acceptable levels.
Up to EUR 8 million.
The project offers the opportunity to improve drinking water supply in the City of Poti. Environmental due diligence needs to be carried out to identify current environmental conditions and to predict potential impacts of the rehabilitation of pumping stations and water supply network, and to assess the ability of the project to bring the facilities towards compliance with Georgian and EU environmental standards. It will also assess possible environmental liabilities associated with water facilities.
The total Technical Co-operation to support the project includes:
Preparation of a financial, technical, environmental feasibility study, including restatement of accounts of the Company and a review of affordability. The estimated non-reimbursable cost of EUR 300,000 would be financed by the EU Joint Environmental Programme (EU JEP) facility
Institution-building and training component in the form of a corporate development support programme. Estimated at EUR 300,000, proposed as non-reimbursable and to be funded from Trust Funds.
Institution-building and training programme for the City, as the owner of municipal assets to assist in project implementation. Estimated at EUR 200,000 and proposed to be non-reimbursable and funded from Trust Funds.
- Project Engineer for engineering, design, procurement and contracts supervision. Estimated at EUR 750,000 and proposed to be non reimbursable and funded from Trust Funds.
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