Water management in Kosovo
Water: essential for economic and social integration
Action taken in rural and urban areas
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) provided both financial and technical support for several projects to improve access to
water in Kosovo. While the SDC focussed on upgrading and expanding existing infrastructures in rural areas, SECO supervised the construction of water supply networks in urban areas situated in the
south-eastern part of the country, particularly in the towns of Gjilan and Ferizaj.
Thanks to projects supported by the SDC and SECO between 1999 and 2012, access to drinking water has considerably improved for around 100,000 people in rural areas and 160,000 people in urban
areas. Moreover, around 25,000 people in rural areas are now connected to a wastewater treatment network. At a political level, a new national law on the use of water and the management of water
resources has been enacted in Kosovo. This new law is compatible with EU framework directives.
The SDC and SECO have been involved in the water sector in Kosovo for more than ten years. Their commitment has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Despite these positive results, in 2011 some 40% of the population still lacked access to the public water supply network and 52% were not connected to a sewage system. The current project phase aims to provide an additional 50,000 people with access to the drinking water network. Approximately 100 water supply systems are to be managed and maintained by regional water companies.
This is a major challenge for Kosovo, since access to water is essential for economic and social integration.
The project in brief
Cooperation with Eastern Europe
Country / Region
Kosovar Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning; Kosovar Ministry of Economy and Finance
Regulatory body For water and waste
Regional water utility companies
NGO Community Development Initiative (CDI)
The majority of rural and urban residents were not connected to the national drinking water network and had no functioning sewage disposal system.
Improving health and quality of life by improving access to drinking water and sewage disposal systems.
Population of rural and urban municipalities, regional water companies
SECO: CHF 26.3m from 2000 to 2010
SDC: Phase 4: CHF 4.8m
To date: 7.9m
Phase 4: 01.2011–12.2013
Project start: 06.2005
Additional Information and Documents
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