With support from the Fund in Valkyvskyi district, local water supply is being renovated
250 meters of water pipes will be replaced with new ones in three settlements of Valkyvskyi district - Novyi Merchyk, Staryi Merchyk and Valky. Funds for the implementation of this mini-project initiated by the Public Utility Company "Voda" came from the regional and local budgets and from The Charitable Foundation of Social Development of Kharkiv region.
The deterioration of water supply systems in Valkyvskyi district is catastrophic. Most of the pipes have served two or even three times their proper expiration periods and require a mandatory replacement. Local utilities have decided to start small and first renovate the most problematic areas. In particular, in Valky pipes will be replaced at the water withdrawal, in Novyi Merchyk - where water supply connects to a school and in Staryi Merchyk – a part of the water supply will be renovated on one of the rural streets. To raise the funds for these tasks, experts from the Public Utility Company "Voda" have developed an appropriate mini-project and submitted it to the "Razom u maibutnye" (Together into the future) contest. And this mini-project has won!
"This is a completely new experience for us, as it is the first time we took part in a regional mini-projects contest. But it was necessary to show people that renovating the water supply is possible. We plan to replace some old pipes every year, gradually, because there is not enough money to renovate everything at once, but we have got to start somewhere. We have started with three settlements and in total 250 meters of pipes will be replaced there," - says Valeryi Bushnov, director of the Public Utility Company "Voda" of the Valkyvskyi district council.
The cost of implementing this mini-project is almost 150 thousand hryvnias. The subvention from the regional budget amounted to just over 74 thousand, and about 64 thousand were allocated from the local budgets of Valky, Novyi and Staryi Merchyk. However, Public Utility Company "Voda" could not receive these subventions as under the terms of the contest, initiator of project must pay a minimum of 5% of its cost, and the company did not have any money for it. The contribution of 10 thousand hryvnias for the public utility company was made by The Charitable Foundation of Social Development of Kharkiv Region.
"We understand the importance of stable water supply for the residents of Valkyvskyi district. In this case, The Fund has acted as a partner of the Public Utility Company "Voda" and supported its good initiative. Let the implementation of this mini-project be the start of a large-scale renewal of the entire water supply," - says Yevhen Shapoval, Chairman of the Management Board of The Charitable Foundation of Social Development of Kharkiv Region.
Work on the replacement of pipes has already begun: now public utilities’ workers are working on the water withdrawal in Valky. After that, new plastic pipes will be laid in Staryi Merchyk, and next – at Novyi Merchyk. Director of the Public Utility Company "Voda", Valeryi Bushnov predicts that the works will be finished in September.