Residents of Cahul town no longer consume water of a dubious quality from Prut River. And this is because for about a month they benefit from a modern treatment plant. Although currently under renovation, the plant was put into operation and already works as a new one with a complex water purification system. The rehabilitated plant will provide the residents of Cahul town with a healthier life style due to higher quality drinking water.

Cahul treatment plant currently services 39.800 residents and treats wastewater collected from Prut River. Rehabilitation of the plant is part of the investment project ‘Improvement of Water and Sanitation Services in Cahul Rayon’ within the ‘Modernization of Local Public Services in the Republic of Moldova’ Pilot Project, implemented by the German Development Cooperation through GIZ in partnership with Regional Development Agency South and the Ministry of Regional Development and Construction.

The cost of rehabilitation of Cahul water treatment plant is MDL 11 million. The funding is provided by German Development Cooperation through GIZ on behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The need to repair the Cahul water treatment plant was identified by the donors and local public authorities and is fully consistent with the Strategy for Socio-Economic Development of the Rayon, Water Supply and Sewerage chapter.

Given the framework document for strategic planning, which aims to ensure a reliable water supply system of Cahul Rayon, and considering the fact that the respective treatment plant was commissioned in 1970 and has not been renovated since, the need to apply this sector investment measure has become imminent.

Moreover, the treatment plant had also to be reconstructed, because the shelf life of its steel pipes, which are outdated and are more than 40-50 years old, was outdated, the existing process pipes and fittings had to be fully renovated.

The capacity of the water treatment plant in Cahul is 17,4 m3/day. Considering that the repair works have not yet been finished, at the moment only 50 percent of it is used.

During a working visit to Cahul, Vasile Bitca, the Minister of Regional Development and Construction, stressed the importance of the Project funded by the German Government through GIZ. țI am firmly convinced that such projects, which support the citizens and whose major objective to make easier the life of people in the South Region affected by drought, helping them have access to quality public services, will directly lead to increasing prosperity of both the localities that benefit from the project and the social and economic development of the whole Rayon’, the Minister of Regional Development and Construction, Vasile Bitca, said.