Uzbekistan: Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program - Tranche 1

Sovereign Project | 42489-023

ADB is helping Uzbekistan overhaul ageing water and sanitation systems to improve public health. The first tranche of the program will improve the Damkhoja water source, distribution systems in Bukhara and Navoi provinces, and wastewater treatment and sewerage systems in Termez city. It will also construct toilets for selected schools and promote good hygiene awareness and practices.

Project Name Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program - Tranche 1
Project Number 42489-023
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2564-UZB: MFF-Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program - Tranche 1
Asian Development Fund US$ 60.00 million
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 sanitation - Urban sewerage - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming

Part I of the Project include the (i) rehabilitation of Damkhodja water source and water supply systems in 2 district centers/towns; (ii) improvement of wastewater collection and treatment in Termez city in Surkhandarya province to meet service levels of 60-70% through 2025; (iii) development of improved sanitation practices and positive hygiene behavior in local health clinics, schools and general population in subproject towns with focus on children and women to help further improve the overall public health of project beneficiaries.

Part II of the Project include the (i) assistance in implementation of the insitutional strengthening and capacity development action plan; (ii) provision of support through program management consultants to the PPMU and PIUs on investment program management and implementation.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Uzbekistan has a Poverty Reduction and Welfare Improvement Strategy. It identifies access to safe water and sanitation as a means for economic development and poverty reduction. The Government's intention is to reach within the next decade 100% service coverage in urban areas and 85% in rural areas. These targets are backed by a policy framework and a sector inverstment plan amounting to $1.2 billion by 2012 and $2.9 billion by 2020. The strategy on poverty reducation and welfare improvement, the policy framework, and the sector investment plan are the three main building blocks behind the sector roadmap. Tranche 1 of the Investment Program will follow a sector loan approach. The sector loan approach allows the authorities to get the Investment Program off the ground and ensure momentum for management changes in the sector.
Impact The impact of the proposed investment program will be improved living standards, environment and public health in urban centers of Uzbekistan.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The outcome will be safe, reliable, and sustainable water supply and sanitation services in 11 district centers in Bukhara and Navoi Provinces.
Progress Toward Outcome The project beneficiaries now have access to safe, reliable, and sustainable water supply services.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1.1 Water supply and Sanitation Systems Rehabilitated and Improved

1.2 Management Improvement and Capacity Development - Management structure and capacity for WSS operation inproved

1.3 Program Management Facility - Effective support provided to program development, implementation and management.

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

All project activities completed as of 31 March 2018.

12 reservoirs, 75 boreholes, 9 pumping stations, 1.1 km of trunk mains, and 245.02 km distribution networks are rehabilitated.

Water meters are installed to all bulk consumers in project towns. Installation of water meters to households is ongoing by project vodokanals.

Termez city wastewater treatment plant is operational with waste water treatment capacity of 25,000 m3/day.

8.9 km of trunk sewer collectors is completed.

1 sewage pump station and construction of 3 new pump stations are completed.

9.3 km of new sewage collection mains completed to serve 6,250 new connections.

10 schools in district centers of Navoi and Bukhara provinces are provided with improved latrine facilities and connected to piped water supply.

11 reservoirs, 8 boreholes, 4 pumping stations, 24.45 km of trunk mains, and 73.05 km distribution networks are constructed in Bukhara and Navoi provinces.

In 2013-2015, with the efforts of PCU staff, , hygiene promotion activities were carried out in all schools in the project areas and at least 5 women were trained in each Mahalla in the project areas.

Majority of vodokanals use 1C-Accounting software which is widely used in Uzbekistan. Vodokanals have fully adopted 1C-Accounting to their needs and have 24/7 access to technical support by authorized software companies.


IT company completed the Automated Billing System (ABS) and installed in all project vodokanals as of 31 December 2017. There is a one-year warranty period which will ensure to fix any system failure and malfunctions.

O&M manuals for equipment and operations of WWTP, WTPs are provided by contractors and suppliers to WSS operators.

Contractors and suppliers have availed technical trainings to WSS operators with equal access by men and women in subproject towns. Moreover, Resolution 306 dated 30 October 2015 outlines the training and capacity development of WSS specialists in financial, performance and operational management.

In 2014, the team of national and international consultants was engaged by SECO for the development of performance benchmarking indicators and public services contracts as part of the institutional strengthening component under World Bank's Syrdarya Water Supply Project . The consultants, in close collaboration with MOF and UCSA, developed a preliminary set of 33 performance benchmarking indicators based on local and international best industry practices which were later incorporated into the business plans of vodokanals.

In line with COM 306, customer care units are established in State Unitary Enterprises _Suvokava,_ its city and district branches.

Geographical Location Nation-wide, Beshrabot, Damko'cha, Galaosiyo, Ghijduwon, Karmana, Konimex, Qiziltepa, Romiton, Termez, Wobkent, Yangibazar, Yangirabot
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects An environmental assessment and review framework (EARF) was prepared to guide the environmental assessment of all subprojects to be covered by the Program. Four initial environmental examination (IEE) reports were also prepared for four tranche subprojects. The project team has assured that the four IEE reports and EARF will be further improved, environment-related information will be disclosed and people likely to be affected by the subprojects will continue to be consulted.
Involuntary Resettlement A satisfactory resettlement framework has been prepared for the investment program to guide preparing future subprojects, as well as a satsfactory short resettlement plan has been prepared for a core subproject categorized as "B" for IR impacts.
Indigenous Peoples Tranche 1 has been assigned a category C in terms of impact on indigenous people. An Ethnic Minority Development Framework (EMDF) has been prepared to guide the screening of indigenous people impact for the future subprojects under Tranche 1 as well as the future tranches. RESE comments have been duly incorporated in the EMDF.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Public consultation were held in four sample subproject towns. Community priorities expressed during these meetings are incorporated into the investments.
During Project Implementation The Project ensured the implementation of the consultation and participation plan of the Investment Program. The consultative process involved households, institutions such as schools, clinics and businesses, the service providers (i.e. vodokanals) and other stakeholders from government organizations and the private sector.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The selection and engagement of consulting services to be financed by ADB will be carried out in accordane with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time) and the procurement plan. The following selection methods may be used: (i) Quality and Cost Based Selecton (QCBS) method with a full or simplified technical proposal and a 80:20 quality-cost weighting; (ii) consultants' qualifications, for assignments costing less than $200,000 per contract; (iii) lease cost selection for small assignments costing less than $100,000, and (iv) individual consultant selection.
Procurement A procurement plan will be prepared for each tranche of the investrment program. All goods and works to be financed by ADB under the facility will be procured according to ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time) and the procurement plan. 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 (NCB) according to the NCB annex in the procurement plan, which summrizes modifications or clarifications needed in the Borrower's procedures to enable it to carry out NCB under ADB-financed projects.Shopping procedures will be allowed for works, materials, and equipment packages costing up to $100,000. To increase the contract sized and contractor prticipation, the procurement of similar equipment and materials, such as water meters, pump machineries, and pipes, will be centralized and the equipment and materials will then be distributed by the PPMU to the PIUs for installation.
Responsible ADB Officer Mukhammadaliyev, Doniyor Tojimuhammadovich
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Uzbekistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Agency "Kommunhizmat" (CSA) formerly Uzbekistan Communal Services Agency "Uzkommunkhizmat"
Djahangir Israilov
[email protected]
1, Niyozbek Yuli Str.
Tashkent 100035
Republic of Uzbekistan
Concept Clearance 19 Jun 2009
Fact Finding 27 May 2009 to 03 Jul 2009
MRM 27 Jul 2009
Approval 08 Oct 2009
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2018

Loan 2564-UZB

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Oct 2009 01 Dec 2009 21 Apr 2010 30 Jun 2015 31 Mar 2018 09 Jan 2019
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 75.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 60.00 18 Oct 2021 56.73 0.00 100%
Counterpart 15.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Oct 2021 56.73 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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No tenders for this project were found.

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Development Phase 1 Loan 2564 31 Mar 2017 Intellek Service LLC | P. Makhmud Street, Bld 23, Urgench City, Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Communal Services Agency "Uzkommunkhizmat" 600,000.00

Procurement Plan