The official inauguration of the projects “Expansion of sewerage networks in the city of Leova” and “Improving water supply services of localities: Iargara, Filipeni, Cupcui and Romanovca in Leova district”, funded by the Union European Union (EU) – took place in Leova town on 18 August. The aim of the projects is to provide the citizens of Leova with quality water supply and sanitation services.

The event was attended by representatives of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Republic of Moldova, the South Regional Development Agency, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), local public authorities, construction companies, residents of Leova and civil society, including mass-media.

Ms. Magdalena Mueller-Uri, Head of the Cooperation Section of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, said:

“The European Union continues to support the Republic of Moldova and its citizens by providing access to modern safe drinking water and sanitation systems. These two actions contribute to the implementation of the strategic objectives of the Republic of Moldova in the fields of sustainable water supply, sanitation and wastewater treatment, thus emphasizing the importance of the Sustainable Development Goal no. 6. We all know that water is a key element for sustainable development. Hence, solving the issues in this sector, it means progress in terms of economic, social and environmental aspect”.

Mr. Achim Mortier, Head of Economic Cooperation and Development, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Moldova: “Congratulations for reaching these important stages of communal development as a result of a step-by-step consistent implementation of the concepts of district development and through the coordinated efforts of many partners. Citizens are at the heart of German development cooperation – they are the ones who should lead the development – and we are all aware that a reliable supply of drinking water and sanitation are key features in this regard.”

About 13.5 km of sanitation network has been already constructed within the implemented investment project entitled “Expanding the Leova Town sanitation system,” as well as a station for wastewater pumping under pressure, to which 717 households will connect from the North-Western region of Leova town.

The water supply infrastructure modernisation project implemented in Iargara, Filipeni, Romanovca and Cupcui implies full coverage of these settlements with water supply systems, and connecting Sarata Noua Village to the main regional water pipeline Leova – Iargara, implemented previously with the German Government support.

The Project envisages the building of 97.4 km of water distribution systems, five local stations for water disinfection/treatment, two underground tanks made out of metallic panels, 50 m3 each, to supply Cupcui Village with water and a local water pumping station in Iargara, so that 3,300 households are able to connect to these systems.

The Projects overall value is 7.04 million EUR, of which 6.35 million EUR were allocated by the European Union and 0.69 million EUR is the local contribution.

The Projects entitled “Expanding the Leova Town sanitation system” and “Improving the water supply services of Iargara, Filipeni, Cupcui and Romanovca of Leova District” are funded by the European Union. They are implemented in co-operation with the “Modernisation of Local Public Services in the Republic of Moldova” Project, managed by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ Moldova) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, and with the financial support provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).