2,000 families to get potable water
SHIBERGHAN (PAN): Work on two clean drinking water supply projects, benefitting 2,000 families, has been launched in northwestern Jawzjan province, officials said on Saturday.
Funded by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the schemes include laying a 12-kilometre-long pipeline that will carry water from a deep well to Haidarabad village.
Rural Rehabilitation and Development Director Eng. Mohammad Yousuf Sayed said the projects being implemented in two villages of Aqcha district by the rural development ministry were estimated to cost $168,114.
Syed said 2000 families would gain access to clean water with the completion of the projects. A deep well and a reservoir have already been built in Qashqabad village, where piped water will be supplied.
A separate deep well and a water reservoir were being constructed in the Haidarabad village to meet people’s demand, the official added.
Residents of the two villages say the use unhygienic water from dams and natural streams has been a cause of diseases.
Mohammadullah, a Haidarabad dweller, said: “Water from dams and streams is contaminated with bacteria, causing different water-borne diseases among the people.”
He said doctors had advised them not to drink water from the said sources because most of patients visiting health clinics were diagnosed with cholera and typhoid. He hoped the clean drinking water supply projects would help resolve their problems.
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