Kazakh Government approves draft state program on water resources management
Minister of Environment and Water Resources Nurlan Kapparov told about basic approaches for water resources management. He set out proposals on reduction of water scarcity, water infrastructure management in the long term through the introduction of "green" water saving technologies, modernization of irrigation systems, municipal infrastructure, drinking water purification, cleaning and sanitation of water bodies, revision of the tariff system, training of qualified personnel.
According to him, " the three major consumers of water resources - agriculture, housing and utilities sector and industry - can greatly increase the efficiency of water use."
The reduction of losses from 66 to 27 percent through the modernization of irrigation systems in the field of agriculture will allow to save 11.2 billion cubic meters of water per year. The reduction of industrial losses from 40 to 19 percent through the introduction of water recycling systems will save 900 million cubic meters a year. The reduction of losses in the communal sector from 58 to 19 percent through the modernization of infrastructure and water treatment systems will save 300 million cubic meters of water annually.
Summing up the discussion the Prime Minister said that the strategic water management program was developed in accordance with the President’s instruction. It opens good opportunities for the Government, governors, SMEs, private initiatives, investors.
At the end of the final meeting of the Government, Serik Akhmetov reminded that it was necessary to monitor issues related to the pricing of food products and daily necessities during the coming holidays.
Akhmetov instructed regional governors to "keep constant control of all essential services, including public facilities, residential estates, and heating facilities." Law enforcement authorities, the Ministry of Internal Affairs were charged with ensuring control over public safety.
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