Water supply systems in the Takhtakupir district will be improved
The drying up of the Aral Sea has caused a range of social, economic and environmental consequences in Karakalpakstan. As a result, only 50.8% of the local population has access to a centralized water supply system, while remote communities have locally-established water sources, including from artesian drills with the depth of 400-500 meters. Currently, residents of the “Makpalkol” community of the “Atakol” Village council of citizens (VCC), including a local school, kindergarten and other social institutions, have access to the drinking water through a few water hand pumps and from the water tanks delivered to the village. This negatively impacts the health and sanitation conditions of the local villagers.
The new project "Improving Access to Drinking Water Supply for the Rural Communities in the Aral Sea Region", funded by the New World Program (NWP), a collaboration between The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) and Global Water Challenge (GWC), envisions several activities to restore the water distribution station in 2018. The project will provide 1,948 people access to purified artesian water to be supplied for their needs, as well as to improve their sanitation conditions.
What is the New World Program?
“New World: Inclusive Sustainable Human Development Initiatives” program is a leading program focused upon building sustainable communities through supporting the SDGs. The NWP was initially launched in 2014 by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) as a partnership mechanism with The Coca-Cola Foundation to encourage participation of civil society organizations (such as non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations) to support innovative, inclusive and sustainable solutions for UN Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of water and sanitation and youth and women’s empowerment.
Today, the program is administered by GWC, which connects civil society, government and private organizations across sectors to build sustainable communities.
Benefiting People through Application of the Human Security Concept
The current project applies the human security approach in its implementation. As demonstrated by the ongoing UN Joint Programme, funded by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security, the human security approach can serve as an effective framework to address complex human security needs of populations in the Aral Sea area.
Within the new project, it is also envisioned that a Community based Water Management Group is established to ensure the proper use and maintenance of the renewed equipment and monitor the whole work of the water supply facility. A series of workshops on sanitation and hygiene will be held in educational institutions and health facilities with the participation of the local population and the district administration.
 “Building the resilience of communities affected by the Aral Sea disaster through a Multi-Partner Human Security Fund for the Aral Sea”