A London-based bank is providing part of a €2 million (£1.6m) loan to help a city in the Kyrgyz Republic improve its wastewater facilities.
The cash from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank and the EU will enable Talas, which has a population of over 45,000, to modernise its water and wastewater services.
The city’s wastewater system has collapsed and untreated wastewater forms pools in the basement of apartment buildings, leading to endemic water related disease, according to the EBRD.
Larisa Manastirli, Head of the EBRD Bishkek Resident Office said: “As do many other areas in Central Asia, Talas has abundant sources of water. Its challenge is to ensure that clean and safe water reaches people and to restore wastewater management. The project we are supporting is going to greatly improve people’s lives.”