Uzbekistan: Western Uzbekistan Rural Water Supply Project

Sovereign Project | 35496-013 Status: Closed

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Project Name Western Uzbekistan Rural Water Supply Project
Project Number 35496-013
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 1903-UZB: Western Uzbekistan Rural Water Supply Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 38.00 million
Loan: Western Uzbekistan Rural Water Supply Project
Ministry of Finance (France) US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Rural sanitation - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development - Rural water supply services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements

The main objective of the Project is to improve the living and health conditions in the rural communities in Karakalpalstan and Khorezm. The Project will mitigate the ongoing effects of the drought by providing safe and easily accessible water supply, minimizing water wastage, and improving health conditions through supporting the provision of sanitation facilities and encouraging better hygiene practices. The Project will also strengthen institutional capacity for potable water resource management to ensure Government's water supply program in the Aral Sea area is sustainable.

The Project comprises three parts: potable water supply, water conservation and health improvement, and capacity building. Potable water supply includes the development of new systems and rehabilitation and upgrading of existing facilities. The aim is to expand the supply of potable water in districts from a minimum of 12 percent to 85 percent, reduce unaccounted-for-water losses from over 50 percent to 30 percent, increase supply efficiency of bulk water and service delivery, and lower unit costs of production. Water conservation and health improvement includes introduction of water conservation measures, improvements to the sanitation facilities in schools and clinics, and promotion of water and sanitation related health awareness. Capacity building includes support for project management and institutional strengthening on water supply management.

The Project will adopt a flexible approach where subprojects will be selected, planned, and implemented during Project implementation. The Project will include social measures to identify and mobilize community participation in subproject planning and implementation, monitoring of demand, and education on the value of water.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Karakalpakstan and Khorezm are located in the driest part of Uzbekistan. Over the last three decades, the drying up of the Aral Sea has further aggravated the water shortage problem. Since mid-2000, Karakalpakstan and Khorezm have been suffering from the worst drought in 100 years. About 90 percent of the rice crop and 75 percent of the cotton crop were lost in 2000 and 2001. Many families in the rural communities have lost direct access to safe drinking water and their main source of income from agriculture. Women and children are often required to fetch water from distant alternative sources. Drinking water, where available, is often contaminated or of poor quality exposing the population to high risks of waterborne diseases and carcinogenic and immunological problems. The water shortage situation needs to be addressed urgently as the condition has deteriorated rapidly since the onset of the current drought. The Government has embarked on a program for short-term humanitarian relief and medium- to long-term water resource management and has sought ADB's assistance in carrying out the program that is supported by various multilateral and bilateral aid agencies. The Project will alleviate human suffering from the drought and will strengthen the institutional capacity to manage scarce water resources in a sustainable manner. The Project will allow ADB to play a key role in the joint effort by international aid agencies to assist the Government in combating the water shortage and drought problems in the poorest part of the country.
Impact Improve the living and health conditions of the people, particularly the poor, living in rural communities in Karakalpakstan and Khorezm.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

1. Mitigate the effects of the ongoing drought by providing safe and easily accessible water supply, minimizing water wastage, and improving the health conditions through better hygiene practices.

2. Strengthen sustainable potable water supply management.

Progress Toward Outcome Safe water is being provided. Water losses have been substantially reduced. First quantitative evaluation should be done by a project completion mission scheduled for September 2011
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs


1. Provide safe drinking water

2. Improve bulk water supply

3. Improve local distribution network system

4. Upgrade operational and maintenance facilities of agrovodocanals (rural water and sewerage agencies)


1. Introduce water conservation measures.

2. Provide sanitation facilities.

3. Establish water conservation and health education programs.


1. Establish training programs on project management, institutional development, and community participation.

2. Establish an effective project management system.

3. Provide consulting services for project management support.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) All civil work contracts were completed satisfactorily; all rehabilitated and newly build facilities have substantially improved the supply of safe water to the targeted population. Loan Closing was 30 June 2011 as schedulled
Geographical Location rural communities in Karakalpakstan and Khorezm
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The Project was categorized as category B , for environment impacts. Environmental Compliance Audit Report is being prepared and be submitted before project completion mission.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project was categorized as C , for the involuntary resettlement.
Indigenous Peoples The Project was categorized as C , for the indigenous people.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The Project will require 254 person-months of consulting services (32 person-months of international and 222 person-months of domestic) for potable water resource management, subproject selection, procurement advice, financial management, detailed engineering design, project management, community participation and health awareness development. Consultants will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants based on the Quality and Cost-based Selection Method and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for the engagement of domestic consultants.
Procurement The procurement of goods and services to be financed by the ADB loan will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. International competitive bidding procedures will be applied for supply contracts estimated to cost the equivalent of $500,000 or more, and civil works contracts valued at over $1.0 million. Supply contracts with a value of $500,000 equivalent or less will follow international shopping procedures except for supply contracts with a value of $100,000 equivalent or less, which may be procured by direct purchase or local competitive bidding, as applicable. Civil works contracts valued at $1.0 million equivalent or less will be carried out under local competitive bidding.
Responsible ADB Officer Rafael R. Nadyrshin
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Uzbekistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Macroeconomics and Statistics
Rustam S. Azimov, First Deputy Prime Minister
5 Mustakillik Maydoni Tashkent, Uzbekistan 700008
Ministry of Economy
Mr. Asatilla Salimov
Tashkent 700003, Uzbekistan Str 45A
Concept Clearance 08 Mar 2002
Fact Finding 04 Jul 2001 to 08 Jul 2001
MRM 23 Nov 2001
Approval 02 May 2002
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 12 Dec 2006
Last PDS Update 25 Jul 2011

Loan 1903-UZB

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 May 2002 11 May 2002 09 Jun 2003 31 Mar 2006 30 Jun 2011 09 Dec 2011
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 67.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 38.00 02 May 2002 25.77 0.00 88%
Counterpart 27.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.00 02 May 2002 29.40 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Western Uzbekistan Rural Water Supply Project Project/Program Completion Reports Dec 2011
Western Uzbekistan Rural Water Supply Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Apr 2002

Safeguard Documents

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Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

None currently available.

Evaluation Documents

See also: Independent Evaluation
Title Document Type Document Date
Uzbekistan: Western Uzbekistan Rural Water Supply Project Validations of Project Completion Reports Dec 2013

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