Khujand Water Supply Project

Project Facts:

Duration: July 2004 – June 2008
Total budget:
USD $ 5.3 millions
SECO contribution:
USD $ 3.3 millions
Project Location:
Khujand, Republic of Tajikistan
Implementing Agency:
EBRD, Khujand Water Supply Company
Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs ( SECO)

The Khujand Water Supply Project was initiated by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) upon the request of the Hukumat of Tajikistan's Soughd oblast. This engagement in the urban water sector is in accordance with the Swiss Central Asia Water Strategy, jointly developed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation ( SDC) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs ( SECO).

The project was launched in the second half of 2004. The Project has been undertaken to rehabilitate the necessary infrastructure and improve institutional capacity of Khujand Water Company (KWC).  Project implementation started in 2005 and scheduled for completion by middle of 2008. Total external budget of the project is USD 4.7 million, USD 3.15 million non-refundable grant from SECO used for infrastructure rehabilitation and consultant services for implementation support and USD 1.20 million loan from EBRD, and USD 0.35 grant from Norway earmarked for the Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme. The management of the Project on behalf of the donors was entrusted to EBRD. The Tajik Government contributed to the development of KWSP through a substantial investment programme to open up a new water source at Khoji Bakirgan River. 

The project has three components:

Infrastructure component included procurement of workshop equipment, machineries, rehabilitation of water pipelines, procurement and installation of pump. Swiss company Fela delivered 13, 500 water meters. This component is being executed with assistance of Swiss company IBG which provided services of an engineering consultant for project implementation support, i.e. support in planning, design, tendering and construction supervision. 


Second project component is Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme (FOPIP) conducted to improve the accounting, billing and financial management information systems. This component was executed with assistance of Tallin vesi and Global Business Solution consulting companies.

Third project component is Stakeholder Participation Programme (SPP) which was conducted to enhance public ownership of the city’s water resources by encouraging water conservation, increasing public participation in the provision of water services and raising public awareness related to water use.  This project component was executed with assistance of Corporate Solutions consulting company.

The Government contribution to the project is connection of Khujand city to the new water source at Khoji Bakirgan River.

In October 2007 SECO hired an independent consultant to conduct External Evaluation of KWSP. The consultant reported that the project has been successfully undertaken and recommended continuation of the project.  It is noted that consumer satisfactions in the rehabilitated areas and the responsiveness of the utility to user expectations and demands have increased. The production of water and the water distribution have improved in the targeted areas with reduction of water losses and fewer interruptions.