Gevgelija Expands Drinking Water Supply with Japanese Funds

Dec 27, 2016

UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton today joined the First Secretary from the Embassy of Japan in Vienna, Toyokazu Kubota and the Mayor of Gevgelija, Ivan Frangov, in announcing the completion of major reconstruction works on the Vardar pumping station in Gevgelija.

The rebuilding and modernization of the pumping station will double its output of drinking water from 50 litres to 100 litres per second. This increased capacity will enable the station to meet the growing demand for clean drinking water in the Gevgelija region and overcome water shortages.

“The pumping station first started operating in 1967 and although regularly serviced, it hasn’t been renovated in all those years,” explains Mayor Ivan Frangov. “Over the same period the capacity of the wells has decreased while the need for drinking water has increased because of industrial development in the region.”

The reconstruction project has installed new submersible pumps, replaced the electronics and refurbished the interior of the whole building.

 The project was made possible through the generous support of the Government of Japan, which contributed 80 000 USD, and was implemented as part of UNDP’s activities for supporting the response of local governments to the migration crisis.

The recent transit of refugees through the region has put local public services under pressure, including water supply and waste management in the municipalities of Gevgelija and Kumanovo.

To help overcome these problems, the Government of Japan has contributed a total of 2.225 million USD to support the UNDP’s efforts to address priority needs.

“The Government of Japan fully understands that the refugee and migrant crisis poses both humanitarian and development challenges for the host municipalities,” said Toyokazu Kubota from the Embassy of Japan. “Helping this region and people in need is a long-standing priority for us.”

“Thanks to the Government of Japan we are now able to solve some long-standing development challenges that the refugee crisis has brought to light,” said UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton. “Investments in water supply and waste management in the two most-affected municipalities will improve living conditions for more than 200,000 local residents.”

UNDP and the Municipality of Gevgelija are currently conducting an environmental impact assessment for a new waste management facility worth USD 1 million, fully in line with EU standards. Construction works are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.