Azerbaijan : Water Supply and Sanitation Investment Program - Tranche 1
ADB is helping Azerbaijan improve water and sanitation services in towns and semi-urban areas surrounding the capital Baku. The first project under the program will reconstruct and build water and sewage infrastructure in the towns of Goychay and Nakhchivan; expand the planning, technical and financial management capabilities of oversight agencies; and set up project management offices.
Central and West Asia Department
Request for information
- Water and other urban infrastructure and services
|Project Name||Water Supply and Sanitation Investment Program - Tranche 1|
|Country / Economy||Azerbaijan
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban sewerage - Urban water supply
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
The Water Supply and Sanitation Investment Program (the Investment Program) will improve the quality and coverage of urban services in secondary towns and peri-urban areas surrounding Baku. It will benefit approximately 500,000 residents.
The Investment Program has three components: (i) constructing water supply and sanitation (WSS) infrastructure to boost service coverage, quality, and reliability (Component A); (ii) developing institutional effectiveness, including management and governance (Component B); and (iii) instituting program management facilities to oversee program implementation and treatment of technical requirements such as those for environment and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming (Component C).
Project 1 has three components: (i) Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure Development; (ii) Institutional Effectiveness; and (iii) Establishment of Program Management Facilities at Project Management Offices (PM0s) of AzerSu and SAWMA to Oversee Program Implementation.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the quality and efficiency of water service delivery declined in Azerbaijan, due to poor management and inadequate investments. The existing WSS system is over 50 years old. Water supply sources are in a poor state of repair, and other modes of supply (e.g., through private vendors) are expensive and/or unreliable. Water treatment facilities in secondary and small towns are either absent or largely dysfunctional. Despite an 83% piped-network coverage rate in these towns, the majority of residents do not have access to safe drinking water. The sewage system is in even worse condition. Pipes are broken or clogged with silt and debris, and wastewater is discharged into ditches or the nearest watercourses. Poor sanitation and leaking sewers create serious health risks and environmental hazards.
Insufficient and unreliable infrastructure and services are adding to household costs and are diminishing the quality of life in secondary towns. An intensive program of reforms and organizational development targeting service delivery bodies, coupled with long-term capacity programs and investments, is now needed to meet the targets under the state program on poverty reduction and sustainable development for 2008 2015. These actions are also needed to ensure 24-hour water supply and 80% 85% coverage in secondary towns.
A set of sequenced reform actions and sector investments will bring improvements in service delivery. The Investment Program responds to these needs by adopting a long-term and holistic approach in improving institutions, capacities and systems, and service delivery.
|Impact||Improved public health and environment in participating towns|
|Description of Outcome||Improved coverage, and the continuity and quality of water supplies and wastewater disposal in participating towns.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Works for water supply and sewerage networks in Nakhchivan and Goychay were successfully completed.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
A. Water and Sanitation Infrastructure Rehabilitated and Improved
A.1 Reconstructed, and expanded existing piped-water supply systems, water works, and treatment facilities in participating towns
A.2 Water quality monitoring system developed
A.3 Rehabilitated, replaced and expanded sewerage networks
B. Improved WSS management and planning
B.1 Institutions improved for WSS service delivery
B.2 Capacity developed for better system planning, operations and maintenance
B.3 Cost recovery enhanced through metering, billing and collection tariffs
B.4 Efficiency increased for timely processing of effective WSS projects
B.5 Twinning arrangement finalized with an external WSS utility to support capacity development
C. Program Management Facility established providing effective support to AzerSu, SAWMA, and JSCs
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Achieved. Tariff was updated in 2016, however this is not done annually
Goychay WSS, Nakhchivan WSS and Nakhchivan WTP works fully completed;
140 km of water supply lines in Goychay and Nakhchivan installed;
100% of the population in the project areas were connected to the water network
NRW reduced to less than 25% as targeted
Monitoring of water quality undertaken on regular basis
Completed. 122 km of sewer lines constructed
Twinning partnership program finalized between SAWMC and Aguas de Portugal under Tranche 2 of the MFF, supplemented by the procurement of specialized WSS maintenance equipment under Tranche 1.
Completed. 1,300 households connected to the sewerage system as originally planned
|Geographical Location||Baku, Goycay, Nakhchivan|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The provision of potable piped-water supply and wastewater collection and treatment will improve the environment in each participating town. The designs involve simple, appropriate, low-cost technology and do not pose any significant adverse environmental consequences. The tranche 1 project has been categorized as B under ADB's Environment Policy (2002). Potential negative environmental impacts for each project are mainly short term during the construction period and can be minimized by the proposed mitigation measures and environmentally sound engineering and construction practices. An environmental assessment and review framework, prepared following ADB procedures (Appendix 13 and Supplementary Appendix G), follows the environmental assessment and review procedures in ADB's Environmental Assessment Guidelines (2003). The EAs will prepare initial environmental examinations for each project, as appropriate. The examination for the tranche 1 project shows no significant adverse environmental impacts (Appendix 14 and Supplementary Appendix H). As these examinations, including environment management plans, were prepared based on field reconnaissance survey and secondary reports, they will be updated during the detailed engineering design stage. The design and environment consultant will prepare contract-level and site-specific plans based on the updated and final environmental management plan. This will form the basis for issuance of bidding documents, and the environmental requirements will be reflected in the contractors' contracts. The contract-level and site-specific environmental management plan will guide the contractors during construction and will also assist the supervision consultant in tracking the contractors' implementation progress. The 2 EAs (AZERSU and SAWMC) regularly submit bi-annual environmental monitoring reports.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||Temporary impacts were identified on the Goychay subproject. The Government prepared the necessary Land Acquisition Resettlement Plan (LARP). The initial LARP was reviewed and approved by ADB which was posted in the ADB's website on 25 July 2012. The Government, based on the Ministry of Finance's review, requested to revise the LARP and re-submitted the same to ADB on 24 December 2012. The latest LARP was posted in the ADB's website on 26 December 2012. Azersu submitted in April 2013 the Goychay LARP completion report. The completion report was disclosed in the ADB website on 10 May 2013. (AZERSU).|
|Indigenous Peoples||The Project has no impacts on indigenous people.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Extensive consultations have been undertaken with stakeholders, including project towns, nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations, elected representatives, administrative departments, rayon (town) administrations, and representatives of various government ministries. Meetings, focus group discussions with NGOs, and structured interviews were undertaken with stakeholders.|
|During Project Implementation||
Extensive consultations have been undertaken with stakeholders including affected persons (emphasizing women and the disadvantaged), beneficiary communities, NGOs and community-based organizations, elected representatives, administrative departments, rayon administrations, and representatives of various government ministries. Meetings, focus group discussions, public awareness campaigns, and structured interviews were undertaken with stakeholders to enable transparency of project works and operations.
To date, consultations were held with six sample project towns. The meetings involved municipal officials, elected representatives, NGOs, and a sample of randomly selected citizens (of which at least 50% were female). In these meetings, mayors and project engineers familiarized the towns with the designs. The towns' environmental concerns and ideas on improving the water and sanitation systems have been analyzed and incorporated where appropriate into the project designs and mitigation measures. All towns showed interest in participating in the town water users' associations to liaise with the program management facility and administrative officials to address any water- or wastewater-related concerns or issues. All public consultation notes are attached to the initial environmental examinations included as supplementary appendixes.
The consultation and participation plan comprises three distinct components: (i) the community awareness and participation program, (ii) hygiene and sanitation education program, and (iii) training program. A major feature of the proposed institutional development and capacity building component includes enabling SuKanals (town water supply and sanitation agencies) and joint stock companies to take a more participatory approach to water supply and sanitation development and service delivery. Implementation support has been developed, including the provision of a social development specialist within the executing agencies and provisions supporting the creation of town water users' associations.
Ongoing consultations and participatory monitoring will take the form of community forums or focus group discussions combined with annual surveys including disaggregated gender, internally displaced persons, refugee, and poverty surveys to notice effects on women and the disadvantaged. The media for this public information mechanism will include local television, newsletters, and community meetings.
|Consulting Services||Consultants were recruited using ADB's quality-and cost-based selection procedures, and individual consultant selection procedures in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).|
|Procurement||All procurement under the MFF were carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time). International competitive bids were invited for water and sanitation works in Goychay and Nakhchivan.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Faraj, Huseynbeyov|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Azerbaijan Resident Mission|
Baku State Amelioration & Water Management Committee of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic
|Concept Clearance||07 May 2009|
|Fact Finding||03 May 2009 to 20 May 2009|
|MRM||07 Jul 2009|
|Approval||14 Oct 2009|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||27 May 2009|
|Last PDS Update||02 Oct 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|14 Oct 2009||17 Dec 2009||17 Feb 2010||30 Jun 2013||30 Jun 2017||08 Nov 2017|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||100.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||75.00||17 Jun 2022||74.20||0.00||100%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||17 Jun 2022||74.20||0.00||100%|
|Status of Covenants|
Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.
The Access to Information Policy (AIP) recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.
The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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.
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Azerbaijan: Water Supply and Sanitation Investment Program – Tranche 1||Validations of Project Completion Reports||Jul 2020|
None currently available.
The Access to Information Policy (AIP) establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced in its operations to facilitate stakeholder participation in ADB's decision-making. For more information, refer to the Safeguard Policy Statement, Operations Manual F1, and Operations Manual L3.
Requests for information may also be directed to the InfoUnit.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Water Supply and Sanitation Investment Program - Tranche 1: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Jun 2013|