Water Utilities Development Programme in the Republic of Moldova

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10,000,000.00 EUR
2010 - 2015
The project focuses on the improvement of the water supply and waste water treatment infrastructure in six selected municipalities (Floresti, Hincesti, Leova, Ciadir - Lunga, Orhei, and Soroca) in the Republic of Moldova. The project is a follow-up to the Moldovan government's Strategy for Water Supply and Sewage Disposal in the Communities of Moldova and complements efforts by the Moldovan government and other donors, including the World Bank, the EU, the Austrian, Czech, and Swiss governments, to increase investments in the water sector outside the capital Chisinau on a long-term, sustainable basis.

The project, which foresees regionalization of the selected water utilities by expanding their operations into neighboring localities, is designed to become a pilot scheme with demonstration effects. The NIF grant  contribution to the project was critical for its successful implementation considering the severe local affordability constraints of the country. Signed in 2010, project implementation has been notably delayed due to the difficulties setting up the Project Management Unit (PMU), which started operating in early August 2011. The first disbursement under the project towards the compliant utilities was made in October 2012 and since then disbursements have been processed on an ongoing basis. As of end of 2012 nearly € 3m have been disbursed (i.e. nearly € 1m from each of the EU NIF, EBRD, and EIB). Physical progress of the project differs from municipality to municipality and works continue.

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Soroca, Leova, Floresti, Ceadir-Lunga, Hincesti, Orhei

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