Victor Neagu, Communications Associate in the Moldova World Bank Office, offers this story.
Some residents of Chisinau complain that they're sick of the noise and the dust, but even they will agree that, well, the inconvenience is worth it. After all, the whine and roar of construction equipment are signs of improvement for the 800,000 people living in and around Moldova's capital city.
Better Water for 100,000
Workers are laying new pipes for better connections to Chisinau's main water and sewage systems. The work will improve both access to drinking water and the quality of the water, according to Chisinau's deputy mayor, Histor Grozavu. "This work means there will be no more breakdowns on water," he says. "For some people, in the past, the water supply would sometimes shut down."
Just down the street from some of the construction lives Polina Florea, in a green house protected by high walls. She complains that she's sick of the workers, who sometimes block the road with their big trucks, but she grudgingly admits she supports the work. "Oh, it is good because people have water and they deserve water." She's especially pleased, she says, because the new water pipes will improve things for her neighbors and, she says, "they are good people and we are all friends."
Her daughter, Tamara Kravcenko, who's helping her mother make dinner, agrees. "Undoubtedly this is good for the city, those pipes were very old, about fifty years old. It is good for the people who live along the road because they'll get better water, so it is a good thing, despite the mess."