Regional Broadband Infrastructure Development

Iber - Lepenc Canal: Construction of Lepenc Canal and Firaja and Shtime Dams

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Project Financing

WBIF Grant WB14-KOS-ENV-01 € 1,500,000
Total € 1,500,000
Total Grants € 1,500,000
Total Loans € 0

Project Description

Water supply networks in Kosovo* were designed in the 1960s and have suffered from neglect and underinvestment until recently. They are ill-equipped to handle the rapid population growth and urbanisation that have occurred over the past two decades. Chronic water shortages result in rationing of supplies for up to 12 hours a day and poor customer satisfaction. The situation further deteriorated following extended dry periods creating acute problems in the municipalities of Ferizaj, Shtime, Kacanik, Kamenica, and Gjilan.

The WBIF grant will support the feasibility study for a canal transferring water between the Lepenc and Iber basins as well as for two new reservoirs.

Benefits of the project include improved security of supply for around 600,000 inhabitants in five municipalities, improved quality of life and water quality, increased economic and investment opportunities resulting from the availability of reliable water supply, and proactive adaptation to climate change.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Results and Benefits

  • improved quality of drinking water
  • reduction in resource costs to consumers/industries through no longer having to provide their own water supply systems
  • increase in industrial/commercial development potential due to the provision of a reliable 24 hour supply of water
  • benefits due to reduction in the diseases by eliminating pollution entering the system
  • benefits to inhabitants due to the convenience of having a 24 hour supply
  • Countries: Kosovo*
  • Code: PRJ-KOS-ENV-005
  • Sector: Environment
  • Monitor IFI: EBRD
  • Status: Preparation
  • Beneficiary: Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning
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