Securing Potable Water for Communities in the Issyk-Kul Region
Providing Community Access to Potable Water
Access to safe, potable water is one of Kumtor’s priorities for the local population.
In 2018, Kumtor collaborated with the Issyk-Kul Development Fund, local authorities, and the local community on a water supply project for the residents of the Konkino village in Djety-Ögüz, located in the Issyk-Kul region in the Kyrgyz Republic. Kumtor was a significant sponsor of the project, contributing US$74,800 for its implementation.
The building of the water project involved a number of steps: a local contractor was hired to drill the well, supply necessary equipment to the site, and manage and oversee the construction of a new road and bridge from the water project to the village. In addition, the water project site was fenced off for safety, and a transformer and electric lighting system were installed.
In addition, in the Jenish village of the Djety-Ögüz District, Kumtor contributed to the construction of a reservoir and sanitary protection zone, the rehabilitation of a water intake site and wells, and the installation of 6.5 km of pipes for water delivery. In addition to this, Kumtor also co-financed a potable water project in the Bokonbaevo village of the Ton region. For this project, Kumtor purchased pipes for the laying of 6 km of water pipelines.
For the Konkino project, funding was raised in collaboration with a multi-stakeholder group. The local authorities contributed approximately US$2,475, the local community raised approximately US$4,300 and the Issyk-Kul Development Fund contributed approximately US$24,750 for the development of the project.
The potable water project in Konkino served all households in the village, totalling roughly 10,000 community members, while the project in Bokonbaevo provided 397 families with clean drinking water.
In 2017, the Company had also sponsored a similar project in Barskoon, which provided access to potable water for 10,000 people.