Kolomyia is an old city of 70,000 people in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. Aside from the benefits of age, like history and grand buildings, the city was also saddled with outdated water pipes and a decaying sewage system. And Kolomyia is not alone. Modernizing old infrastructure is a top priority for all urban governments in Ukraine. Recently, Kolomyia celebrated the opening of a new water pumping station, built under the auspices of the Urban Infrastructure Project, which is supported by the World Bank.
Construction crews have also put down eight kilometers of new water pipes and a new sewage disinfection system. And the water utility has switched over to automatic electronic control, which means an operator monitors all data on a computer screen, and can react fast in case of an emergency.