Rehabilitation of the water supply system in the municipalities of Nisporeni, Varzaresti and Grozesti in Moldova

Project completed

Provision of safe drinking water and decent sanitation is one of the greatest challenges Moldova faces. A consortium of three donors (EU, Austrian Development Agency (ADA), and the Swiss Development Agency (SDC)) with local financial and operational support will establish an effectively functioning water supply system in one of the most deprived districts of Moldova as well as provide technical options for improved sanitation measures. This will result in access to safe drinking water for the households of three municipalities (Nisporeni, Varzaresti and Grozesti), increasing also their quality of life and public health.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH) (til 2016)
Water resources conservation
Infectious desease
01.11.2010 - 31.07.2016
CHF 2'930'000

Access to potable water and sanitation services is dismal. Most of the rural population gets water from surface sources prone to pollution. Nisporeni is one of the most disadvantaged districts of Moldova regarding water quality and availability. Drinking water and sanitation is one of the two priority sectors of SDC in Moldova. Partnering with ADA and EU broadens SDC perspectives of promoting Swiss expertise at a larger scale; influencing the sector institutional set-up and fostering decentralization of water supply and management.


The quality of life and public health of the population in the Nisporeni, Varzaresti and Grozesti municipalities are improved by better access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

Target groups

Ultimately the local population (approx. 23,000) and business community will benefit from improved access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, which will make better the quality of life and spur economic development in the concerned municipalities. National environmental/ health authorities and district/local level administrations, water utility and sanitation operators will enhance their knowledge and skills and be able to efficiently manage, operate and maintain the rehabilitated water supply and sanitation system.

Medium-term outcomes

Provided sustainable potable water services and adequate sanitation is accessible and affordable to the population of Nisporeni, VArzaresti and Grozesti municipalities


Results from previous phases:  

Pressure testing of the main pipeline (Prut-Nisporeni) is complete and results will be used in defining the scope of the rehabilitation works. First design activities alongside with the technical evaluation of the main reservoir and water treatment plant buildings have been performed. The capacity assessment of the Nisporeni ApaCanal was completed.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North
  • Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   2'930'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   2'685'047
Project phases

Phase 1 01.11.2010 - 31.07.2016   (Completed)