Reconstruction of drinking water supply infrastructure has been launched in another city within the State Program for Socio-Economic Development of the Regions approved by President Ilham Aliyev. To provide the residents of Balakan with sustainable and quality drinking water, creation of water sources and construction of reservoirs are being implemented.
The drinking water supply and sewerage systems of Balakan, one of the remote residential areas of Azerbaijan, were established in 1960-70. So far, the city had been supplied with drinking water from rivers and subartesian wells. The city's existing water distribution network has been in disrepair for many years and does not fully meet demand. Therefore, residents receive drinking water intermittently.
The initial stage of the project, implemented with public investment to improve the drinking water supply of Balakan, covers water sources and reservoirs. According to the project, subartesian wells will be drilled in the Balakanchay channel, a new reservoir with a capacity of 2,000 cubic meters will be built, and an existing reservoir with a capacity of 500 cubic meters will be reconstructed. Currently, a subartesian well is being drilled and the existing reservoir is being repaired.
In the next stages of the project, the city's drinking water and wastewater systems will be completely rebuilt. In the future, to provide the city of Balakan with sustainable and quality drinking water, a water intake facility will be built at the Siltikchay source and 6 subartesian wells will be drilled, and a 7.6 km long main water pipeline will be laid from the water source to the city. Taking into account the relief conditions of the city, it is planned to build and reconstruct 8 reservoirs with a total capacity of 10,000 cubic meters. According to the project, 139 km of drinking water and 77 km of wastewater networks will be created in Balakan. In the areas covered by the project, all users will be connected to the new network and provided with meters. More than 31,000 residents will benefit from the project by 2035, taking into account the prospects for development.