EIB Renovates Bucha Water Supply Facility, Enhancing Access to Clean Drinking Water

EIB Renovates Bucha Water Supply Facility, Enhancing Access to Clean Drinking Water

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB), as part of the €340 million Ukraine Recovery Programme, has renovated Bucha’s water supply facility, providing clean drinking water to 9,000 residents. Damaged during the Russian invasion, the upgraded facility now features advanced de-ironing technology, ensuring safe water supply and reducing environmental and health risks. This project, funded in partnership with the EU and Ukrainian authorities, is part of broader efforts to rebuild municipal infrastructure, improve living standards, and foster community resilience in the aftermath of conflict.

(PRESS RELEASE) LUXEMBOURG, 11-Jul-2024 — /EuropaWire/ — A newly renovated water supply facility in Bucha, funded under the €340 million Ukraine Recovery Programme by the European Investment Bank (EIB), now provides clean drinking water to approximately 9,000 residents. Damaged during the Russian invasion, the facility has been upgraded with an iron removal station, ensuring safe water supply using advanced de-ironing technology.

The renovation, costing approximately €100,000, is part of 17 social infrastructure projects supported by the EIB in Bucha district. This initiative, in collaboration with the European Union, Ukraine’s Ministry for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development, Ministry of Finance, and Kyiv Regional State Administration, aims to rebuild municipal infrastructure crucial for community well-being.

Vasyl Shkurakov, Acting Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development, emphasized, “The renovated water supply facility in Bucha exemplifies our joint efforts with EU partners to enhance municipal infrastructure and provide essential services. This project not only improves residents’ quality of life but also signifies a pivotal step in our rebuilding efforts.”

Sergii Marchenko, Minister of Finance of Ukraine, highlighted, “The renovation of Bucha’s water supply facility underscores strategic investments in Ukraine’s infrastructure, supported by the EIB and EU. This collaboration is integral to sustainable development and improving living standards.”

Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of the Kyiv Regional State Administration, stated, “Reconstructing Kyiv Oblast aligns with our commitment to ‘Build back better! Build back greener!’ following Russia’s invasion. Modernizing infrastructure, like water supply systems, remains a top priority.”

Anatoliy Fedoruk, Bucha City Mayor, added, “The new water de-ironing station in Bucha’s Tarasivskyi district significantly enhances water quality for our residents, reflecting our dedication to community health and well-being.”

Teresa Czerwińska, EIB Vice-President overseeing Ukraine operations, affirmed, “The EIB remains steadfast in supporting Ukraine’s recovery and accession efforts. We are proud to contribute to Bucha’s recovery through essential infrastructure projects.”

Rémi Duflot, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, noted, “The opening of this water supply facility signifies a return to normalcy for Bucha’s community, supported by EU initiatives like the Ukraine Recovery Programme.”

Jaco Cilliers, UNDP Resident Representative to Ukraine, concluded, “Restoring essential infrastructure in Bucha restores hope and resilience within the community, demonstrating the power of collaborative reconstruction efforts.”

EIB in Ukraine

Present in Ukraine since 2007, the EIB has stepped up its financial support for the country’s resilience and modernisation since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Since then, the EIB has provided swift relief, disbursing €2 billion of financing for emergency repairs to the country’s ravaged infrastructure. Through its EU for Ukraine (EU4U) Initiative, coupled with its key role in implementing the European Union’s €50 billion Ukraine Facility, the EIB is strongly committed to stepping up and accelerating its activities in line with the mandate given by EU leaders and in close cooperation with the European Commission, the European Parliament, EU Member States and international partners.

EIB recovery programme in Ukraine

The renovation of the water supply facility in Bucha was carried out under the Ukraine Recovery Programme, a €340 million multi-sectoral framework loan from the EIB, signed in December 2020. By empowering local authorities to refurbish social infrastructure, the programme enhances the living conditions of internally displaced persons and their host communities. Bucha’s water supply facility project is the first one successfully completed. Currently, 157 other subprojects are at various stages of implementation.

The Ministry for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine coordinates this and other programmes together with the Ministry of Finance, while the reconstruction projects are fully managed by local government bodies. The United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine provides technical assistance for the initiative, ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of projects.

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