Kazakhstan’s state-owned railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy has built water supply and sewage networks in 430 railway settlements since 2012, the company said in a press release on June 23.
A sizeable share of Kazakhstan’s population does not have access to safe water and many small settlements lack water supply and sewage networks. According to government figures, nearly 60% of the country’s rural population and nearly 20% of the urban population did not have access to water supply networks in 2011.
The government aims to increase the share of the population with access to centralised water supply networks to 80% by 2020. Many rural settlements in the country depend on a single industrial enterprise such as a railway station or a mine and often these enterprises are tasked to fund social projects in such settlements such as building hospitals and schools and water and electricity supply networks. Kazakhstan’s population is 17.8mn, of which 43% is rural.
Kazakhstan Temir Zholy said that it had repaired 744 water supply and sewage facilities in 430 settlements since it adopted the Moldir Bulak (“Clear Spring”) programme to build infrastructure in railway settlements in 2011.
It plans to complete the repairs of 61 facilities this year and a further 65 facilities in 2017.
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