Khost dweller thirsty for clean drinking water
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The residents of southeastern Khost province on Saturday complained they had been faced with numerous problems, including a shortage of a potable water supply system.
Mud shops in Khost City have been converted into multistorey markets over the past decade but a proper water supply system is yet to be put in place, they said, stressing an early resolution of the problem.
Said Ahmad Shah, a resident of the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News the people living in Khost City had little or no access at all to drinking water. “I fetch water in cans in a handcart or I buy it from a tanker.”
Sharif Jan, another resident, stressed clean water supply must be a top priority of the government. Clean drinking water is one of the basic needs of residents, he said. “The government is responsible for meeting the basic needs of the people.”
Nisarullah, a shopkeeper, said he did not know if the water he used daily was hygienic. “There is always a crowd of people around the tanker, which often brings them water. But nobody knows if the water they consume is clean,” he remarked.
Mayor Kiramat Khan Khpalwak confirmed the issue, saying an old water supply network existed in Khost City. But the system needed to be fixed, he said, alleging the government had never responded positively to their requests in this regard.
Water supply through tankers remained the only viable option to meet people’s need, the mayor added. “Absent assistance from the private sector, the government would have never been able to repair the water-supply network,” he admitted.
Repairs of the existing water network were initiated with Italian aid that had been suspended for unknown reasons for the last few years.
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