European Reconstruction Bank Seeks Water Experts in Kyrgyzstan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is seeking project managers and water experts in the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan to improve supplies so unreliable there may not be potable water for more than a couple hours every other day.

The EBRD started water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades in 2009 with a project in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, signed three other pacts and said it’s now soliciting experts for work in Kant, which has a sugar factory and hosts a Russian air base, a second in nearby Bishkek and Talas starting in early 2013 valued at 580,000 euros ($757,000).

The situation is such that Kyrgyz families store water in bathtubs and buckets when supply is available and water-borne disease outbreaks can occur, the bank said, adding that it’s trying to address the problems through “a number of relatively small but well-designed projects.”

The U.S. military has an air base in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, that’s used to supply troops to Afghanistan.

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