Krolevets Municipal Council (Sumy Oblast) requested USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) purchase construction materials for a complex renovation of the central water supply system in Krolevets.
Krolevets’ 23,000 residents get water from three artesian wells, each one is 500 meters deep. Unfortunately, the pipes used for the water supply are worn out and dilapidated. The pipes were installed in the 1960s, and now need to be replaced. The quality of the water does not meet the sanitary requirements and the water requires additional purification for human consumption. The other alternative residents have, is to buy drinking water for consumption.
Addressing the Krolevets Municipal Council’s requests, USAID ERA delivered over 11 km of metal–plastic pipes of different diameters, 350 hatches, couplings, taps, valves, connecting elbows, washers, nuts, bolts, compression valves, and other equipment totaling over UAH 5,600 000.
“Our water supply network is long overdue for renovation, but we didn’t have money for it. Now, we have a lot of materials, including pipes and supplementary equipment, so we can start renovating. These materials will enable us to replace critical sections of the water supply system.” says Viktor Lekhman, Mayor of Krolevets. “Unfortunately, the total length of the town’s pipe network is 210 km and the provided materials will not be enough to completely renovate the entire system. We will focus on priority streets in areas where schools, kindergartens and healthcare facilities are located. I hope, this summer, our residents will drink clean tap water instead of buying it in grocery stores.”
Krolevets Vodokanal manages the water supply system and plans to start the complex renovation in March or April, and finish by the end of the summer in 2024. Gazservis – Ukraine, another company, drafted the design and budget documentation for the project, with an estimated cost of UAH 37,000,000. The first part of the funding will be provided from the municipal budget and the local authorities will submit a request for state budgetary funding for the remaining work.