Kazakhstan uses ‘green’ technologies for effective management of water resources

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (TCA) — An opening ceremony of the pilot project “Efficient management of water infrastructure: reconstruction of the drainage system, use of water saving technologies and improvement of drinking water quality in Almaty region” was held on August 24 in Yenbekshikazakh district. This event was organized within the framework of the joint EU/UNDP/UNECE project “Supporting Kazakhstan’s transition to a Green Economy Model”. The Akim (Governor) of Almaty region, Mr. Amandyk Batalov, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan, Mr. Norimasa Shimomura, and the Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation Mr. Johannes Stenbaek Madsen participated in the event.

The project was aimed to demonstrate the practical use of “green” technologies in the area of effective management of water resources and infrastructure on the example of Akshi village of Enbekshikazakh district.

The pilot project “Efficient management of water infrastructure in regions” provided around 1000 children in educational institutions of Akshi village with drinking and hot water. The installation of reverse osmosis water purification filters cleaned water from impurities, chemical compounds, pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Thus, children receive purified water enriched with necessary minerals. Water-heating solar installation provides children with hot water using solar energy all year round and covering 70% of the total demand.

To reduce the level of water consumption and to reduce wastewater at the source of formation, the Project has installed water saving technologies. With the purpose of water reuse, the biological treatment system was installed in the local school. The waste water is purified and accumulated in storage ponds to be used for irrigation.

“The Pilot project has demonstrated that the introduction of ‘green’ technologies and innovative approaches is not only eco-friendly, but brings significant social and economic benefits to immediate beneficiaries,” said Norimasa Shimomura, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan.

Additionally within the framework of the pilot project, the 4.7 km long collector-drainage network was reconstructed to reduce the risks of flooding in Akshi village, solving an urgent problem of many rural residents in Kazakhstan. The project has ensured the correct operation of the restored drainage network through involving the public in the management of rural water infrastructure. Therefore, the business model introduced in the village of Akshi provides funding for maintaining the drainage network using private capital. The project has attracted such investment by mobilizing local residents in the water cooperative “Jarsu Farmerleri” and supporting the creation of cooperative greenhouse business on storage ponds, part of the profit of which will be directed to the maintenance of the drainage network.

Thus, the introduction of 5 progressive “green” technologies and an innovative business model made it possible to provide access to clean drinking and hot water for rural residents, to create conditions for reducing sewage at the source of formation, to protect the village from the threat of flooding through the reconstruction of the collector-drainage system, to reuse treated wastewater for irrigation and also to test a business model for financing the operation of the drainage network in cooperation with the local community cooperative funds.

“We believe and recognize Kazakhstan as a very important strategic partner in future development. The work in the regions is a key element of our strategy. Our plans are to work with regions, including Almaty region in a new format through various development banks. This project, implemented with the financial support of EU is a successful example of a green economy project,” said Mr. Johannes Stenbaek Madsen, the Head of the Cooperation Division of the Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan.

In general, the Project demonstrated practical application of modern “green” technologies and approaches in the field of rational use of water resources and effective management of water infrastructure in the regions. This experience can be used as a “ready-made” solution for achieving the goals of agrarian-industrial development of Kazakhstan.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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