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Urban Water Supply Improvement Programme (UWSIP) – Engineering services in the refugee settlements

Project details
Water & Sanitation
Project volume: 
800,000 €
Value of services: 
800,000 €
Start of project: 
January, 2010
End of project: 
December, 2010
Project description: 

Current access to piped water infrastructure in Afghanistan is among the lowest in the world at around 18%, while sanitation is rudimentary. Only Kabul (with a present estimated population of 4 million people) and 16 other towns with populations ranging from 50,000 to 1,000,000 have formal piped water supply systems, serving a total of only about 80,000 connections, of which about 37,000 are in Kabul, and because of poor operation and maintenance the water service reaches an even lower share of the population. At the same time, the scarce water resources are increasingly being polluted and overexploited.

Building up on the previous GTZ project Institutional Development of Water Supply and Sewerage Utilities, also implemented by RODECO (now GOPA Infra), the project shall enhance the managerial, administrative, technical and financial-commercial capacities of the water supply providers in the cities of Kabul, Herat, Kunduz, Faizabad and other provincial towns in the northeast, thereby ensuring the sustainability of the significant investments of KfW (and other donors) for rehabilitation and extension of the water supply infrastructure in those cities.

Component 4 of the programme implies the development of water supply and sanitation infrastructure in the refugee settlements at Herat. Investment measures for connecting the refugee settlements at the outskirts of Herat and for improving the sanitation situation in the area are to be designed and implemented.

Service description: 
  • Design, tender documents and supervision of construction for pump stations, reservoirs, transmission and distribution systems to supply water to up to 130,000 people in Herat refugee settlements.
  • Assessment of the sanitation / wastewater situation in the refugee settlements of Herat and design and implementation of low cost sanitation measures using Ecosan technologies for about 500 people.