|Project: Water Operator Partnership between Ulaanbaatar Water Supply and Sewerage Authority and Vitens Evides International
|Duration: 2007 – 2010
|Population: 1.5 million people
|Budget: € 1.4 million
Vitens Evides International is working with the local water company Ulaanbaatar Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (USUG). The Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar has a population of about 1.5 million, of whom some 45% have no access to proper drinking water and sanitation facilities. Inhabitants of the poorer neighbourhoods purchase their water at kiosks which are supplied by tanker trucks. Facilities for waste water purification are nearly non-existent in the city’s suburbs.
To change this situation the project in Ulaanbaatar focuses on introducing sustainable water resource management, developing the financial management and improving operations, sewerage and sanitation. The aim is to strengthen the management of USUG. There is a good cooperation with the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar – especially since they own the infrastructure –, housing corporations, the Water Authority of Mongolia and educational institutes. This is important for the introduction and implementation of acceptable and sustainable solutions.