Rubicon Water SlipMeter site managing water on Uzbek and Tajik boundary

Rubicon’s impact makes headlines following project launch in Central Asia

Rubicon's technology highlighted to be a transformative potential in revolutionising water resource management following successful project launch in Central Asia.

Following a pivotal project launch last week on the Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border, Rubicon has gained recognition across various regionally recognised outlets. With notable attendees, the event highlighted Rubicon’s technology’s transformative potential in revolutionising water resource management not just in Central Asia but globally. One headline stating, “Technological Wave Hits Central Asia: A Leap Towards Sustainable Irrigation.”

The project involves six Rubicon SlipMeters strategically placed at two gauging stations, Patar and Sarvat, on the Tajikistan-Uzbekistan border. Its primary objective is to enable more precise measurements of water consumption for irrigation in both countries. The project was implemented and funded with support from the Swiss Cooperation Office’s Blue Peace initiative,  launched to address the need for transboundary water resource management.

Salome Steib, the Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan, stated, “This unique event showcases the political will and close cross-border cooperation between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. With the second phase of the Blue Peace initiative starting in September this year, we aim to provide similar opportunities for expansion.”

The inauguration of the gauging station project coincided with the sixth meeting of the Uzbek-Tajik working group on the integrated use of water resources in transboundary rivers in Central Asia. Key attendees included Mr. Anwar Yakubi, the First Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan, Ms. Salome Steib, Deputy Chairman of the Sughd region, Ms. Rachel Boesch, Head of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan, and Ms. Rachel Boesch, Head of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Uzbekistan, alongside other representatives from country delegations and development partners. Mr Peeter Pelisaar, Rubicon Water’s manager in Central Asia, and Rubicon technician Mr Bexultan Nurlybek were also in attendance. 

Shavkat Khamraev, the Minister of Water Resources of Uzbekistan, emphasised, “Despite our achieved successes, our countries possess immense potential for further development and the consolidation of mutually beneficial cooperation in the joint utilization of transboundary water resources.”

Media outlets covering the project launch referenced it as “a significant leap towards sustainable water management, strengthening the bonds between neighboring nations through transparent resource sharing.” Journalist Rizwan Shah asserted that the value of water is “as precious as gold,” stating that initiatives like Rubicon Water’s are “more than just projects; they are lifelines.”

Another source from an Azerbaijani-based outlet referred to Rubicon’s offerings as technology that “not only increases production but also enhances water quality, leading to ecological benefits” and “offers significant reductions in electricity usage in regions with pumped systems,” as stated by Kamol Ismailov from Trend News Agency.

The automation of the Patar and Sarvat gauging stations has made a significant contribution to the process of digitalization of the region’s water sector.

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