Water for All in Moldova

The project ApaSan is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The living standards and overall health of the rural population remain the most valuable aspects to consider when constructing drinking water and sewage systems.

Since 2004, Moldova has been a priority country of Austrian Development Cooperation. No access to clean drinking water and sanitation poses a substantial problem, particularly in rural areas. More precisely, it is estimated that only 35% of the rural population can access a functioning drinking water and sewage system. In terms of the total population, the number corresponds to 54% and is therefore only insignificantly higher.

The data displaying the water quality act as another clear indicator: Approximately half of all home installations granting water access to households in the rural areas is outdated and does not work properly. As a result, many rural communities are dependent on shallow wells for water supply. However, intensive agricultural farming and untreated sewage water greatly pollute ground water. Consequently, 90% of all wells serving as a primary source of water do not meet the national standards of drinking water.  

Strong partners, clear objectives

The project ApaSan has made its priority to change those challenging living conditions: Since 2009, the Austrian Development Cooperation has been working closely with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DEZA) and the Moldovan government to improve the quality of life and overall health of the rural population. Their joint efforts aiming at institutions on national and local level so far have been very successful.

Clean water for 67,000 people

67,000 people in rural communities already have access to clean drinking water, while sanitary facilities are available to 21,000 people. Not only does this project benefit private households, but schools and other public institutions have also been positively impacted by these efforts. The pioneering initiative celebrated its successful conclusion in spring 2019 in Chisinau.

The local institutions will make sure that the accomplished changes will live on in the future: From now on, Moldovan authorities will be responsible for planning and investing in the necessary infrastructure. Moreover, they will assist rural communities in implementing and maintaining infrastructure as well as in solving technical matters. In the long run, they also intend to greatly involve local and regional providers of adequate drinking water and sanitation. On top of that, forward-thinking solutions are in high demand: Experts as well as teaching and research facilities focus on overcoming administrative and technological obstacles and search for ways to include every resident.

The total support of Austria has amounted to 4.8 million euros since 2009.