Uzbekistan: Surkhandarya Water Supply & Sanitation Project

Sovereign Project | 40007-013


ADB is helping Uzbekistan improve urban water supply and sanitation services in Surkhandarya province. The project will upgrade infrastructure in seven districts and Termez City, and address critical operational needs of water and sanitation agencies. It will also improve the capability of the national government to plan a development strategy and investment program for water and sanitation.

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Project Name Surkhandarya Water Supply & Sanitation Project
Project Number 40007-013
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2466-UZB: Surkhandarya Water Supply & Sanitation Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 30.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban sanitation - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The Project will work with both the national and the provincial governments. At the national level, the Project will help the Government strengthen sector planning and management by developing a sector strategy, a road map, and an investment program. A public private partnership (PPP) framework will also be prepared together with the sector strategy to enable the Government to promote private sector involvement in the sector more effectively. At the provincial level, the Project will provide safe, reliable, and sustainable water supply and improved sanitation services in seven districts and one city in Surkhandarya Province. The services can be used as a model that can be replicated and expanded in other provinces. Besides investments in physical infrastructure for system rehabilitation and necessary upgrading, the Project will address the critical planning, management, financial, operational, and customer relations needs of the vodokanals (water supply and sanitation agencies) to improve service delivery efficiency.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The water supply and sanitation (WSS) systems in Uzbekistan, which were inherited from the Soviet Union, have reached the end of their economic life and require extensive rehabilitation. The provision of reliable, safe, and affordable WSS services to the population is a key challenge to the Government, as the sector is faced with a series of issues, including deteriorated infrastructure, outdated sector strategy and planning, inappropriate standards, limited financial resources, and weak institutional capacity. The sector performance indicators for 2006 show that, despite high network coverage (82% of the population 88% urban and 79% rural), households are supplied with water for only 6 24 hours a day in the urban areas and 2 12 hours a day in the rural areas. Surkhandarya has network coverage of 76% (87% urban and 74% rural). Water supply in the province is available for 6 16 hours a day in the urban areas and 2 10 hours in the rural areas. Nonperforming (deteriorated and leaking) infrastructure, power outages, and lack of revenue prevent better service. No reliable estimate on unaccounted-for water (UFW) is available because of a lack of meters; the general estimate is more than 50% nationwide. Improving the health and living conditions of the people by providing them with better access to safe and reliable water supply and better sanitation is therefore the Government's top priority. The Project will support water supply and sanitation sector development in Uzbekistan by tackling four challenges: (i) shortfalls in policy and standards, (ii) investment needs, (iii) sector and business management, and (iv) operational and institutional gaps.
Impact Improved living standards, environment, and public health in urban centers of Surkhandarya
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Safe, reliable, and sustainable water supply and sanitation services and improved community hygiene in participating urban centers of Surkhandarya
Progress Toward Outcome The Project closed on 30 September 2014. Progress towards outcome will be assessed during the project completion review mission to be fielded from 11 March to 1 April 2015.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1.1 WSS sector strategy, including PPP framework

1.2 WSS development road map and investment plan for 2020

2.1 Rehabilitated water supply infrastructure in urban centers of seven districts and Termez City

3.1 Improved latrines (with hand-washing facilities) in selected schools in project areas

3.2 Innovative hygiene promotion activities in school communities in project areas

4.1 Improved and well-maintained vodokanal offices, equipment, and infrastructure

4.2 Training program to improve operations, management, and customer relations skills developed, implemented, and evaluated

4.3 Performance monitoring system for participating vodokanals

4.4 Study tours to places with good-practice examples

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The sector strategy road map and investment program report prepared and have been implementing.

18 reservoirs constructed so far

33 boreholes constructed

91.3 kms of trunk mains constructed

238 kms of distribution networks constructed

water meters installed in 3,500 households

One baseline and one follow-up survey done

Initial baseline and follow-up survey done in September 2009. Another one to be carried out in 2013


1 study tour completed

20% of participants are women

Geographical Location Surkhandarya province
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The Project is classified as category B and includes the implementation of the environmental management and monitoring plan (EMMP). An Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG) was established in each of the subproject to monitor the EMMP. The EMG consists of representatives from the regional committee of Natural Protection, Sanitation Epidemiology and Hokimiyat of Surkhandarya region. The environmental monitoring report was prepared, approved and disclosed on the ADB website.
Involuntary Resettlement A short land acquisition and resettlement plan (LARP) for Surkhan subproject in Djarkurgan district was prepared, approved and disclosed on the ADB website. The LARP implementation report which includes compensation arrangements was disclosed on the ADB website.
Indigenous Peoples The Project will not affect persons fitting the notion of Indigenous People detailed in the ADB Indigenous Peoples policy. All Families negatively affected by the project are in fact Uzbek. Multans (an ethnic minority) - 97 in Sarriasiya and 3 in Kyzirik have been identified as a vulnerable groups. They will not be adversely affected and will actually benefit from the Project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation has been conducted with national and provincial responsible institutions, district administrations and other interested parties in Surkhandarya Province. A stakeholder seminar was organized in Termez on 10 July 2007; there were 61 participants, including provincial and district authorities, technical Vodokanal staff, representatives of rural assemblies, women groups, etc. Participants were explained the main technical project interventions and main environmental and social impacts and were invited to respond and express their opinions and provide input on: (i) technical solutions and scope of work, (ii) current state of environment within project areas, (iii) environmentally related social and resettlement issues, and (iv) planned mitigation measures and monitoring during rehabilitation/construction and operation. The discussions and comments provided essential background, particularly with regard to overcome groundwater contamination and other negative impacts. Subsequently, close focus meeting/discussions with local stakeholders particularly makhalla associations, public/women't societies and NGOs, and district administration representatives were held during social, resettlement and environmental studies. People mainly expressed concern for issues related to land occupation, wastewater, scope of work, and planned schedule of technical interventions. There was general consensus that availability of drinking water on a continuous base would constitute a substantially positive improvement for health and sanitation. A second stakeholder seminar in Termez is planned for July 2008. The EMMP budget includes an allocation for stakeholder meetings during the construction phase.
During Project Implementation A Stakeholder Analysis was developed within the Social Analysis component and extensive consultations carried out during preparation. In addition, a Capacity Development TA is proposed, which will help build the capacity of the Water Supply Companies to develop public awareness activities, consultations with the public and systems for addressing customer complaints as well as building the capacity of the Mahalla Committees to represent customers / the public. Therefore, a separate C&P plan is not envisaged.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A total of 568 person-months of consulting services (51 international and 517 national) will be required to (i) develop a water supply and wastewater sector strategy and investment program, (ii) prepare contract packages and tender documents, (iii) supervise construction and evaluate project activities, (iv) guide and supervise resettlement, (v) monitor the social and gender and environmental impact of the Project, (vi) coordinate the capacity development program, (vii) implement the school sanitation and hygiene program, and (viii) support other activities of the PMU and PIU. The selection and engagement of consulting services to be financed by ADB will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time) and the procurement plan. The selection will be based on one of the following: (i) the quality and cost of the services, according to the technical proposal; (ii) the consultants' qualifications, for small assignments that cost less than $200,000 per contract; or (iii) individual consultant selection for very small consultant assignments that cost less than $100,000.
Procurement Goods and works to be financed by ADB will be procured according to ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time) and the procurement plan for the Project. The procurement plan will be updated at least yearly for the next 18 months of procurement activities. International competitive bidding procedures will be used for major civil works contracts costing more than $2,000,000 equivalent and supply contracts worth more than $500,000 equivalent. Civil works valued at $100,000-$2,000,000 and goods valued at $100,000-$500,000 will be procured through national competitive bidding. Shopping procedures will be followed for works, materials, and equipment packages costing up to $100,000.
Responsible ADB Officer Nargiza Talipova
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Uzbekistan Communal Serv's Agency"Uzkommunkhizmat"
Djahangir Israilov
1, Niyozbek Yuli Str.
Tashkent 100035
Republic of Uzbekistan
Concept Clearance 14 Nov 2005
Fact Finding 18 Jun 2008 to 01 Jul 2008
MRM 25 Jul 2008
Approval 03 Nov 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 24 Oct 2008
Last PDS Update 05 Mar 2015

Grant 0131-UZB

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Nov 2008 20 Apr 2009 27 Jul 2009 30 Sep 2014 - 28 Feb 2015
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 03 Nov 2008 0.00 1.50 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 03 Nov 2008 0.00 1.50 100%

Loan 2466-UZB

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Nov 2008 20 Apr 2009 27 Jul 2009 30 Sep 2014 - 10 Mar 2015
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 38.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.00 03 Nov 2008 29.10 0.00 98%
Counterpart 8.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 03 Nov 2008 29.66 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - - - Satisfactory

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