Kyrgyz City Gets Water Upgrades, Meters From Swiss, EBRD Lending

Kant, an industrial city east of the Kyrgyzstan capital that houses an air base and brewery, is getting 7.7 million euros ($9.8 million) in grants and loans from the Swiss government and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for water and wastewater upgrades.

The EBRD said today in a statement that Kant is the first Kyrgyz city where local water and sewage services are operated by a private company, resulting in a round-the-clock water supply. New pipes will be installed, water pressure improved and losses from leaks reduced with the introduction of a city-wide metering system from the new funds, it said.