Uzbekistan: Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program - Tranche 3

Sovereign Project | 42489-043

Summary

On 28 August 2009, the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan (the Government) signed a Financing Framework Agreement (FFA) with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a multitranche financing facility (MFF) to finance the Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) Services Investment Program, in an aggregate amount not exceeding $300 million from ADB Special Funds resources. On 29 September 2009, the ADB Board of Directors approved the MFF WSS Investment Program with the Uzbekistan Communal Services Agency (UCSA) as the executing agency.

The investment program combines physical and non-physical improvements in water supply and wastewater management sectors through investment and institutional strengthening and capacity building. The investment program's outcome is safer and more reliable WSS services and improved hygiene in targeted towns.

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Project Name Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program - Tranche 3
Project Number 42489-043
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2825-UZB: Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program Tranche 3
Asian Development Fund US$ 58.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban sanitation - Urban sewerage - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

On 28 August 2009, the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan (the Government) signed a Financing Framework Agreement (FFA) with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a multitranche financing facility (MFF) to finance the Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) Services Investment Program, in an aggregate amount not exceeding $300 million from ADB Special Funds resources. On 29 September 2009, the ADB Board of Directors approved the MFF WSS Investment Program with the Uzbekistan Communal Services Agency (UCSA) as the executing agency.

The investment program combines physical and non-physical improvements in water supply and wastewater management sectors through investment and institutional strengthening and capacity building. The investment program's outcome is safer and more reliable WSS services and improved hygiene in targeted towns.

On 30 September 2011, the Government submitted a periodic financing request (PFR3) to ADB for a loan of $59 million for the third tranche (Project 3). PFR 3 will finance (i) expansion and rehabilitation of water supply systems in Karakalpakstan, Khorezm, and Djizzak provinces; (ii) expansion and rehabilitation of wastewater networks in Andijan; and (iii) capacity development and project management support. Rehabilitation and expansion of WSS systems and development of vodokanals' O&M capacity are urgently needed to prevent the systems from further deterioration and provide improved WSS services to residents in 11 project regions.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

There is no piped water supply system in the project towms of the eight regions of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and Khorezm provinces. The residents in the 8 regions rely largely on yard swings, wells or purchased drinking water.

Water quality is poor in the 2 project regions of Djizzak province. The Koytash inter-region water trunk serves these 2 regions. Because of poor design and lack of maintenance, water distribution centers and water networks have deteriorated and are operating at 30% of their designed capacity. Water supply duration in the project regions is only 1-2 hours per day.

In Andijan, sewerage network pipes were constructed in 1975. Because of aging infrastructure and sewage collectors and their networks are overloaded. Currently, 61.2% of Andijan population does not have centralized sewage services and uses pit latrines. As a result of all these factors, groundwater is highly polluted in the region.

The government has decentralized many WSS services to devolve greater ownership and responsibility to local level, but the success at vodokanals level is limited. Vodokanal staff have little opportunities for upgrading their skill. There are many areas related with O&M that need to be improved, such as O&M procedures, system maintenance and monitoring, customer relations, performance monitoring and benchmarking systems. Unaccounted-for-water, consumption of electricity and other materials are high. Tariffs cannot cover the O&M costs.

Impact Improved living standards, environment, and public health in urban centers of Uzbekistan.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Safe, reliable, and sustainable water supply, improved sanitation services and hygiene in project towns.
Progress Toward Outcome Sector reform and operational efficiency components not mobilised under MFF. MTR in 2015.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1.1 Water supply systems rehabilitated and constructed.

1.2 Sanitation systems rehabilitated, constructed and improved.

1.3 Management structure and capacity for WSS operation improved.

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

Institutional strengthening and capacity development components not mobilized under T1 and T2.Currently under discussion with government to include under T3.

Khorezm contract award delayed. Khorezm contract expected in Q2, 2015.

Andijan contractors faced some problems due to high water table. Contractors in Andijan (Super Fortuna) have addressed technial issue.

Geographical Location Djizzak, Karakalpakstan, Khorezm
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Tranche 3 will have 4 subprojects. It includes rehabilitation water supplies in Djizak, Khorezm, Karakalpakstan, and construction sewerage system in Andijan. The project areas cover only settlement/residential areas and mostly in rural areas, and therefore the project site is not environmentally sensitive. The impact related to the construction works would be insignificant, and the mitigation measures would be manageable. Therefore Tranche 3 is categorized as a "B" project. The IEE was prepared, and for each civil works contract an EMP will be prepared.
Involuntary Resettlement Tranche 3 will have 4 subproject components: (i) rehablitation water supply facilities in Djizak province; (ii) rehabilitation water supply facilities in Republic of Karakalpakstan; (iii) rehabilitation water supply facilities in Khorezm Region; and (iv) involves land acquisition/IR impacts that will affect 4 farming households. Only 1 of these households will have severe impacts (lose more than 10% productive land), which justifies an IR category of "B" for this project.
Indigenous Peoples Tranche 3 will rehabilitate the water supply facilities in Djizak, Karakalpakstan, and Khorezm, and construction of sewerage sysem in Andijan. In the project areas, none of the ethnic groups maintain cultural an social identities separate from the mainstream Uzbekistan society that would classify them as indigenous peoples. They have full and equal access to institutions and economic opportunites as the rest of the population which justifies a category "C" with regard to IP concerns.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation was conducted with stakeholders including the local communities; UCSA, Vodokanals, Hokimiyat officials and NGOs. Discussions took place in each district with representatives of the communities in the project areas, local businesses, farmers, educators and doctors. In average 25% of meeting participants were women.
During Project Implementation The level of C&P envisaged during the project implementation and monitoring are information sharing and consultation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Procurement

All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

When national competitive bidding (NCB) is proposed, before the start of any procurement, ADB and the Government will review the public procurement laws of the central and state governments to ensure consistency with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

An 18-month procurement plan indicating threshold and review procedures, goods, works, and consulting service contract packages and national competitive bidding guidelines is in Section C.

Responsible ADB Officer Sara F Azfar
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"PMU_2466@RAMBLER.RU1, Niyozbek Yuli Str.
Tashkent 100035
Republic of Uzbekistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 28 Oct 2011
Approval 07 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2015

Loan 2825-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Dec 2011 16 Feb 2012 20 Apr 2012 31 Dec 2016 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 72.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 58.00 07 Dec 2011 44.12 0.00 84%
Counterpart 14.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 07 Dec 2011 26.58 0.00 50%

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program - Tranche 3: Andjian City Wastewater, and Djizzak, Khorezm, Karakalpakstan Water Supply Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2014
Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program (Tranche 3) - Rehabilitation and Construction of Andijan City Sewerage Network: Environmental Monitoring Report (July - December 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2014
Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program: Andijan City Sewerage Network Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan Implementation Report Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2014
Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program: Andijan City Sewerage Network Resettlement Plans Apr 2014
Water Supply and Sanitation Services Improvement Investment Program: Resettlement Framework Resettlement Frameworks Oct 2011
Water Supply and Sanitation Services Improvement Investment Program: Rehabilitation and Improvements of Karakalpak Water Supply and Distribution System Initial Environmental Examination Sep 2011
Water Supply and Sanitation Services Improvement Investment Program: Rehabilitation and Extension of Andijan City Sewerage Network Initial Environmental Examination Sep 2011
Water Supply and Sanitation Services Improvement Investment Program: Environmental Assessment Review Frameworks Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Sep 2011
Water Supply and Sanitation Services Improvement Investment Program: Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Sep 2011
Water Supply and Sanitation Services Improvement Investment Program: Rehabilitation and Improvement of Khorezm Water Supply and Distribution System Initial Environmental Examination Sep 2011
Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program Resettlement Plans Sep 2011
Water Supply and Sanitation Services Improvement Investment Program: Rehabilitation and Improvement of Djizzak Water Supply and Distribution System Initial Environmental Examination Sep 2011

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