According to various estimates, the total supply of drinking water to the population of Tajikistan is about 53 percent. While up to 92 percent of the population in urban areas has access to drinking water, only about 47 percent in rural areas. In fact, every second person in the country does not have access to drinking water. However, even those citizens who live in cities where the water supply system is established do not have guarantees in the uninterrupted supply of water and its quality.
After gaining independence, the process of transition to a market economy began, which occurred quite quickly in many other areas of the economy, but almost “froze” in the first years of independence in the water sector. In particular, neither the laws, nor the water supply organizations, nor the residents were ready for changes that actually took place, but were not implemented in practice. And today, it is no longer necessary to rely on money from the budget for the further maintenance of water supply systems. the main source of a market economy is the money of citizens and consumers who use this particular water supply system. Therefore, in order to consistently switch to market mechanisms, it is necessary to build new trusting relationships with consumers, with the local population based on the principles of transparency, accountability and citizen participation.
Citizens must know what to whom and why they pay and what they can and should receive in return, however, the population does not have accurate information, why should we raise tariffs, who is responsible for proper technical condition of water supply, we don’t know who and how to provide and maintain water meters, we do not always trust the accounts that we submit for payment, etc. This indicates the need to ensure transparency of the processes that are taking place today in this vital area for us. With this in mind, the following sections of the site have been developed, where You can find a lot of useful information and tips, as well as raise the most pressing issues in the drinking water sector:
«Elimination of Legal Illiteracy»