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Bulgarian National Water Strategy Discussions to Start This Month

SOFIA, Bulgaria

 The contractor for the Bulgarian National Water Strategy will provide targets for development of the water sector by the end of the month.

The targets will then be submitted for review by representatives of the water industry and by the public. 

Poland Revises National Wastewater Management Program

WARSAW, Poland

 The Polish government this month adopted the revised National Wastewater Management Program, which will enable the country to comply with European Union environmental requirements by the end of 2015. 

The program targets municipalities that need to build or expand their centralized wastewater networks and wastewater treatment plants. 

Russian Company Leases Three Water Supply Utilities in Ukraine

MOSCOW, Russia

Moscow-based public corporation Research Institute of Public Water Supply and Treatment based in Moscow plans to lease the water supply utilities in the Ukrainian city Zhitomir for a 20- to 25-year period.

Chisinau Utility Says Water Meter Installation Will Cost $16.7 Million USD

Moldova, CHISINAU

 Apa-Canal Chisinau, Moldovan capital’s water utility, will have to spend some $16.7 million USD to install water meters, and as a consequence water tariffs will go up from $0.75 to $1.25 USD per cubic meter, according to Constantin Becciev, the head of the utility.

Inadequate Funding Blamed for Declining Water Quality in Dnepropetrovsk

Ukraine, DNEPROPETROVSK

Chief Sanitation Engineer of Dnepropetrovsk Alexander Stepa has condemned the project to replace much of the aging water infrastructure in the city, where despite the time taken and money spent, water quality is in fact decreasing.

Over $177 Million USD to Be Invested in Botosani’s Water, Sewage Infrastructure

BUCHAREST, Romania

 The County Council of Botosani in northwestern Romania has received approval to invest $177.5 million USD in modernization and extension of the local water supply and wastewater systems. 

The funds, which are to be spent by the end of 2015, will mainly go to Botosani County’s rural communities. 

Aliyev Appoints Huseynove to Chair Azersu

BAKU

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has appointed Gorkhmaz Huseynov chairman of national water supply operator Azersu OJSC.  Huseynov previously served as vice president for social affairs for the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR). Aliyev had dismissed Nizameddin Rzayev from his position as chair of Azersu earlier this month.

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