UNDP develops water infrastructure in the city of Kaahka

Nov 21, 2017

Team of experts at the workplace

Kaahka, November 17, 2017: As part of a joint project of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Turkmenistan and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), construction of one of the largest infrastructure projects in the history of the UNDP Permanent Mission in Turkmenistan, the Khivaabad-Kaahka waterway, has commenced, measuring an incredible 14.8 km in length.

The construction of the waterway is supported by both local authorities and the GEF environmental donor organization. This project will yield significant benefits for the local population. The waterworks will help reduce filtration losses of water (up to 50%) through the gravel cushion of the Laiynsuv River and will provide the fast-growing city of Kaahka with a reliable source of drinking water.

Installation of the pipeline will also avoid the need to continue the operation of several dozen wells, the water from which is extracted by electric pumps and provide almost half of the city's water needs. Since most of these pumps operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it is obvious that the construction of the waterway will lead to tangible savings in fuel and energy. In addition, the project is important for agriculture, because most of the population of Kaahka is employed in this sector.

"In the foothills of the Kopetdag there are several dozens of communities that could repeat the results of this project," says Mohammed Artykov, a specialist in the UNDP water project. "Lessons learned from the experience of erecting a water conduit can also be applied in large-scale water management and in agriculture throughout the country."

The project is planned to be completed early next year.

Contact Information

Geldi Myradov

Project Manager

Email: geldi.myradov@undp.org 

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