With the World Bank’s support, Chernihiv’s engineers now have a new modern lab to monitor water quality. The lab’s specialists perform about 800 bacterial and chemical water tests a month. Because the lab is so up-to-date, Chernihiv’s engineers even receive water test requests from other cities, which is a source of some city pride.
“Thanks to our joint project with the World Bank, we are a leader among water utilities in Ukraine and we can be compared to similar enterprises in Europe in line with a number of benchmarking indicators,” boasts Oleksandr Shkin, the system’s director.
Support from Waiters and Students
Clean water is crucial for the city’s schools and its students. “One problem is clean water for our city. Getting money is another problem. One has to know how to attract money and one has to know how to effectively use it, something that our local communal enterprise is doing today,” says Tamara Kasatkina, the principal of Chernihiv’s School No. 2.
And the city’s residents and business people say they like the changes as well. “We are pleased with our water,” says Ruslana Kovalenko, who manages a café. “Lately, we have no problems at all, but a very good flow and outstanding quality. All this means a lot for us as a restaurant. And it leaves our customers happy with the quality of our food and drinks.”
Clean water matters. Stately old age is important, too, but not for a water supply system. Now the 300,000 residents of this city can live with the old and drink from the new.