Lopatka: Austria supports the provision of reliable water supply and sanitary systems in its development cooperation partner countries / Focus on Austrian development cooperation projects in Albania
VIENNA, Austria, March 22, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — “Access to clean water and sanitary facilities is vital for a healthy life. Nearly 800 million people, however, live without a reliable supply of drinking water and 2.5 billion people have to live without any hygienic sanitary systems”, State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka said on the occasion of the World Water Day on 22 March.
“Austrian Development Cooperation supports partner countries in the south and east in developing and building long-term and reliable water supply and sanitary systems. Austrian expertise and know-how help to build installations and train professional operators. Wells, pumps and pipes alone are not enough. Trained personnel, powerful institutions and affordable rates are necessary to ensure reliable supply of drinking water”, the State Secretary said.
“In Albania, many public utility companies must pump double the amount of water than is done in Austria – in terms of figures”, Reinhold Lopatka said. The pumped amount of water is about 300 litres per person and day. The reasons for that are leaking pipelines, illegal water connections for irrigation and the absence of an efficient accounting system for water fees. “The 7.5 million euro investment that Austria has made in Albania in the framework of development cooperation has improved the water supply considerably”. 120,000 people are now supplied clean water 24 hours per day.
“In Moldova, too, some 23,000 people in the Varzaresti, Grozesti and Nisporeni communities have access to clean drinking water thanks to Austria’s help”, the State Secretary said. “Development of the water sector is also a central element of cooperation between Austria and Uganda. Every year, Austria dedicates four million euros to providing an additional 60,000 people with access to water. The efforts made together with other donors in Uganda are bearing fruit: About 65 percent of people living in the countryside and in cities are supplied with clean drinking water and simple sanitary facilities have been installed for more than 70 percent of the population.”