In the Abdurahmanov family’s flat on the 4th floor of this apartment block in Kurgan-Tube, simply turning the water tap is a pleasure. Out comes clean, drinkable water. Muhammadjon Abdurahmanov lives here with his parents, and he likes the change. “The problem with the water is over. Now I can wash my hands, take a shower, get on with my life faster,” he says.
His mother, Saodat Abdurahmanova, agrees, saying, “the water is definitely better. For example, it used to take us ten minutes to go fetch water, and even then it wasn’t always clean—now, we can get things done faster.”
Not far from the Abdurahmanova’s flat, in Farkhor, people still rely on water from irrigation channels, storm water drains or from old public pumps. But that will soon change.