A much-needed upgrade of the urban sewage and wastewater system in the city of Djizzak will be undertaken with backing coming from an US$81 million loan from the Asian Development Bank. A former Silk Road junction connecting Samarkand with the Fergana Valley in eastern Uzbekistan, Djizzak is the capital of the province of the same name, an agro-industrial hub rich in mineral resources. The government recently approved a longterm development plan that will accelerate urbanisation, expand some industries and relocate others, and attract foreign investment by establishing a special industrial zone. To cope with an expected dramatic increase in the city’s population, the project will carry out a massive rehabilitation of Djizzak’s deteriorated wastewater and sewage system, constructed in the 1970s and barely maintained since.
Research led by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health has revealed “gross underestimations” of the amount of brine produced as a...