Today, February 8, a technical presentation of ‘Development of the water supply system of Mariupol’ investment project has taken place in Kiev at the Ministry for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine. It will be realized by attracting a concessional loan from the French side. Its cost is estimated at 64 million euros. The project became possible thanks to the support of the Government of Ukraine - the state acted as a guarantor of its implementation.
In turn, the state secretary of the MTOT, Sergey Zlakoman, noted that this project is a pilot one for the region: ‘In future we will be able to use this experience to solve water supply problems in other cities, which have similar problems,’ he said.
Water supply is one of the key problems of Mariupol. The existing water supply scheme is outdated and requires significant financial resources for repairs and modernization. As a result of hostilities in the region, the main canal of the city’s water supply was damaged. Now it is carried out from the reserve Starokrymskiy reservoir, the water quality of which does not meet the standards. More than 3 years, residents of the city receive poor-quality water.
Mariupol asked for help the international community - in particular France. Its enterprises have competences in the field of water supply, which are internationally recognized. Companies analyzed and studied the request of Mariupol, having carried out numerous expert missions to the city.
After that, one of the key steps towards solving the water supply problem in Mariupol was the signing of an agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the French Republic.
Leading French companies, Stereau and Beten, will help implement a large-scale project to modernize the city’s drinking water supply system. Stereau is a subsidiary of the SAUR group, the French environmental services leader. It employs 9 thousand specialists, it has concluded contracts with 7 thousand local communities and serves 13 million consumers. Beten Ingenierie has been working in Ukraine for more than 25 years and has considerable experience in the field of urban public services.
‘Development of the water supply system of Mariupol’ project is a pilot for the whole of Ukraine. After its implementation, the city will become a model in the field of drinking water management throughout the country. The project aims to address the use of an alternative source of water supply, minimize water loss and improve its quality. Thus, with its help the issue of safe and quality water supply for a half-million city will be solved.
According to the agreement, France will provide funds that will “cover” 100% of the project on water supply of Mariupol. For example, 70% buy goods and services from the French side, and 30% - Ukrainian or foreign goods. The loan also includes 1.2 million euros to finance project management assistance. The interest rate will be only 0.08% per annum, and the grace period is 10 years.
The goal of the project is to ensure the production and supply of quality drinking water to the population from water sources located in the catchment area. The level of salt in the water in Mariupol requires the construction of a new plant for the production of drinking water using advanced technologies. The project will also include assistance in long-term water management planning, technical assistance and support for the proper use of the infrastructure.
The project will be implemented in several stages. The first includes design and survey work and planning. Its goal is to minimize the environmental impact of the water supply system and optimize the integration of the drinking water plant into the current system.
This step will consist of the development of a master plan for the improvement of the water supply and sanitation system of Mariupol until 2040. It will also include resource management materials along the entire catchment area. The document will allow Mariupol to plan their future investments in the field of water supply and wastewater. Such a strategic planning is a guarantee that the project will be effective not only in the short term, but also in the long term.
After that, the implementation will be able to go to its main step. It includes the construction of a plant for the production of drinking water and the organization of water intake. To solve the problem of high salt content in water for the new plant, a special desalination technology is needed - reverse osmosis. The use of this technology will allow producing 80 thousand m³ of drinking water per day.
The task of Mariupol is to master the infrastructure management of the scale of the planned plant, and also to continue the modernization of the water supply network. It is necessary that the quantity and quality of water at the outlet of the domestic tap be close to the quantity and quality of water at the plant. Therefore, the project includes the provision of technical assistance and support in optimizing network performance.