TBILISI, GEORGIA – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $108 million loan to support further upgrades to water and sanitation services in secondary towns under an ongoing Urban Services Improvement Investment Program (USIIP).

The loan, which is the fourth under a $500 million multitranche financing facility, will help finance a water supply system in Zugdidi and sewerage system in Poti. It will also support the implementation of a public awareness program including information on hygiene and sanitation through service centers of the United Water Supply Company of Georgia LLC, which is responsible for water supply and sanitation services. ADB has previously approved three tranches of the program totaling $218 million.

“Providing reliable, quality water and sanitation services to meet growing demand and to prevent health and environmental problems, is a high priority of the government,” said Kathie Julian, Country Director in ADB’s Georgia Resident Mission. “USIIP supports the Government of Georgia's long-term sector development plan to invest around $1.6 billion to deliver safe water and sanitation services to all urban residents by 2020.”

Currently, 84% of people in Zugdidi have no access to piped water and the new system will result in round the clock supplies. In Poti, a comprehensive sewage collection and treatment facility will be built, serving the entire town. Nearly 34,000 households in both towns will benefit from the improvements. Water supplies in Poti were upgraded during earlier stages of the program.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region. In 2013, ADB assistance totaled $21.0 billion, including co-financing of $6.6 billion. Since 2007, it has approved more than $1.4 billion in financing operations for Georgia.

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