We have a responsibility to ensure that we manage shared water sources with local communities of
interest, especially in areas with high or extremely high baseline water stress. We work to improve
access to water for the communities in which we operate. These efforts are led by our site
sustainability and environmental teams, in collaboration with regional committees, and are often
part of our strategic community investment initiatives.
Throughout 2020 at our Öksüt operation, as part of our strategic
community investment and focus on regional livelihood support
in the Develi District, we completed a potable water project for
residents in the Gümüşören Quarter. Öksüt’s investment was
allocated to building a new 200-metre drinking well and
connecting it to the existing water line, benefiting 625 community
residents over the next 20 years of the well’s life. A drinking water
analysis was completed by local authorities which determined
that the water quality was suitable for potable use.
In addition, in 2020, we collaborated with the local department of
agricultural services and a local agricultural irrigation cooperative
to repair and upgrade irrigation wells in the Epçe Quarter that would more than double the local irrigated area from
125 hectares to 300 hectares, directly benefiting 150 farms. The
project upgraded the open channel system and replaced it with a
closed irrigation system that includes sprinkler and drip systems.
The new system has the capacity to provide 120 litres of water per
second, helping to eliminate 100% of water loss and decrease
energy costs by reducing electricity requirements.
Throughout 2020, we also completed three potable water projects
in the Issyk-Kul region of the Kyrgyz Republic. These projects
focused on renovating the water supply system and construction
of new reservoirs. Notably since 2013, over 40,000 community
members have benefited from our contributions of over $600,000
to safe drinking water projects in the Issyk-Kul region.