35 artesian wells will be drilled in the capital of Kyrgyzstan

35 artesian wells will be drilled in the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The Chinese geologists will implement the project. According to the contract with the Chinese company, the new wells will be put into operation next winter. As part of the project, not only extraction but also wastewater treatment is planned.

ASYLBEK ISAYEV, SPOKESPERSON, BISHKEK WATER INTAKE:

 - Additional 35 wells will improve the reliability of water supply in summer. This provides new microdistricts in the southern region of Bishkek with drinking water.

Drinking water will be extracted from a 100-meter mark from wells with 160-meter depth. The contractors learned about the project from the One Belt, One Road initiative.

JI YUNTAO, DIRECTOR, CHINESE GEOLOGICAL COMPANY:

 - We, as a government organization, support this project. We found out via the Internet that our work is needed here and having studied all the requirements for the drilling project, we decided that we can do it.

According to local authorities, funds for drilling wells and upgrading the water pipeline were allocated to the republic as part of international programs.

ALBEK IBRAIMOV, MAYOR OF BISHKEK:

  - This is a unique case, because the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is conducting the tendering process. Leading contractors are selected during the tender.

One of the main sources of water supply in the capital of Kyrgyzstan is the Orto-Alysh water intake site which covers more than 40% of Bishkek’s demand for drinking water. It is located 3 km south from Bishkek. The water intake area is 472 hectares and has 115 artesian wells on its territory.