Jawzjan drinking water plan facing funds paucity
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Officials on Saturday said the Amu River drinking water project would benefit 250,000 residents in five districts of northern Jawzjan province, if completed.
The project aims to supply drinking water through pipes to five districts from deep wells to be dug along the Amu River.
Jawzjan rural rehabilitation and development director, Eng. Mohammad Yusuf Saeed, said the project’s designing and paper work had been completed five years ago at a cost of $1 million.
He said the Ministry of Finance lacked budget to complete the project estimated to cost $92 million and the provincial authority was planning to organise a donor conference to generate funds.
Acting Governor Abdul Rahman Mahmoodi said the project was feasible for next 35 years and arrangements to hold the donor conference were underway.
Meanwhile, Abdul Israr Bihzad, the drinking water distribution director in Shiberghan, said groundwater resources in the five districts were contaminated with crude oil and other minerals, making the water unsafe for consumption.
He said some people, who had dug deep wells, consumed clean water, but a majority of residents lacked access to safe drinking water.
Ghulam Sakhi, a resident of Mardyan district, said: “We have easy access to everything such as oil, fuel, food but no access to drinking water.” He said water in wells in their areas tasted salty and people had to use water from natural streams, which was not available always.
Mohammad Amin, a resident of Shiberghan, said the lack of drinking water had become a serious issue that needed attention to be addressed. He said the use of unsafe water caused different kinds of diseases among residents.
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