A busy Kyrgyz border town of 25,000, Kara-Suu faces typical small-town challenges. Outdated water and sewerage systems, water mains dating back to Soviet times, rusting metal and asbestos pipes posing serious health risks, leaks and burst pipelines resulting in losses of drinking water of up to 30 per cent. The list goes on. Almost half of the Kara-Suu residents are served by the municipal water company, while the rest use street taps or own wells. However, the situation is bound to change as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Union and the European Investment Bank are joining forces to rebuild the water infrastructure in Kara-Suu.Pumping groundwater from a depth of more than 100 metres are two newly installed boreholes with modern pumps. By adding a new 500 cubic metre water reservoir, the company nearly doubled its existing capacity of 750 cubic metres. This will increase the volume of clean water and serve many new customers. Nearby, a renovated chlorination facility, now equipped with new and automated disinfection equipment, keeps the drinking water safe and clean for all residents.His company has already installed 22,500 metres of new pipelines, set to deliver water without losses to more residents. The system will also have the required pressure to allow the network of fire hydrants, which was non-existent before, to work properly and make the town a much safer place.