Looking Forward to Safe Drinking Water at Canal Yoqa

Community residents install a new pipeline
UNDP in Uzbekistan: The citizens of the Canal Yoqa village have played a key role in the development of their water supply, helping to create an important sense of project ownership

Access to clean water is fundamentally important to the health of a community. The UNDP project ‘Integrated Water Management and Water Efficiency Plan for Zarafshan River Basin’ , which promotes water efficiency in the at-risk region, has received an additional $74,970 from the Regional Water Partnership (RWP) Initiative - a joint effort by UNDP and the Coca-Cola Company.

The RWP initiative ‘Every Drop Matters-II’ supports projects that contribute to inclusive community-based water management strategies that also focus on adaptation to climate change. Additional funding has been provided to the foundation for a new mini-project on community water stewardship, designed to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation services in the Zarafshan River Basin.

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  • Encouraging local residents to participate in develop initiatives, such as the installation of a new water system at Canal Yoqa, helps to ensure it will be used and maintained in the future.

The mini project will support the construction of a sustainable water supply system that will provide safe drinking water in the Canal Yoqa village of the Samarkand region. Canal Yoqa is home to almost 800 people, making up 150 families, with almost half of the population consisting of youth and senior citizens. Women from the Canal Yoqa village use water from homemade wells for drinking, cooking, washing and domestic needs, meaning that a lack of access to safe drinking water can lead to illness, disease, and therefore the decreased well-being of local residents.

In order to learn more about what the community needs, and to come up with a plan for the construction of a water supply system with the support of the Canal Yoqa residents, UNDP reviewed the existing social, economic, environmental and gender dimensions of the village. Even the oldest member of the community, 90-year-old Islom Ne’matov, came to the resulting community meetings and made sure his voice was heard.

In order to ensure that the village’s water system operates and remains sustainable, UNDP will help establish an association for consumers of rural drinking water. Women will play a major role in maintaining the water supply system, providing valuable technical and management experience. The successful implementation of the project will mean better health and living standards not only for people living in Canal Yoqa, but also in the five neighbouring communities.

The UNDP project will take the lessons learnt and best practices utilised in the Canal Yoqa village, and will share them throughout the Zarafshan River Basin region.

The UN Joint Programme ‘Sustaining Livelihoods Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster’ has been implemented by five UN agencies in Uzbekistan, including UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, WHO and UNV, in cooperation with the Government of Uzbekistan and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan.