People in Buzduganii de Jos, Ungheni, have access to drinking water from a water supply system built with EU and UNDP support

June 13, 2024

More than 640 households and 20 entrepreneurs in the village of Buzduganii de Jos in the commune of Valea Mare, Ungheni district have now access to drinking water, thanks to a water system built with the support of the European Union and UNDP. This means that residents no longer have to fetch water from wells that do not necessarily meet public health standards. 

The construction works worth more than 200,000 euros were carried out with the support of the programme "EU4Moldova: Focal regions", funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP and UNICEF and with the contribution of the municipality of Valea Mare. 

An artesian well, which extracts water from the water table, a water tower, which provides the necessary pressure in the network, was designed and a water supply network of about eight kilometres were built.

"The lack of a centralised water supply system in the village of Buzduganii de Jos has been a major problem for the inhabitants of the commune and for existing and potential entrepreneurs. The new infrastructure will help to ensure conditions for a decent living and create jobs in the village and increase the income of economic agents, which will generate additional revenues for the local budget," noted Alexei Antoci, mayor of Valea Mare.

The water supply has been long awaited by the inhabitants and entrepreneurs of Buzduganii de Jos, who will now have drinking water at the taps. At the same time, the construction of the water supply also has a positive impact on environmental protection. The artesian well and the water tower have been designed to minimise losses and prevent groundwater pollution.

"Both children and parents are very happy and satisfied with the new conditions in the kindergarten. I am glad that thanks to the EU support it has been possible to provide the children with a source of drinking water. Projects that provide investments to ensure better conditions for children are the ones that give you great emotions, because children are the future of the country," said Olga Manciuc, director of the kindergarten "Romanița" in Buzduganii de Jos.

The works - from planning and design to execution and testing of the system - took place during March 2023 – March 2024.

“EU4Moldova: Focal regions” programme (2019-2024) supports smart, inclusive, and sustainable socio-economic development in the Cahul and Ungheni regions to bring a better quality of life to citizens. The programme has a total budget of €23 million, is financed by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). 

Access here the press-release in Russian.