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Clean water supply projects executed in Takhar

Clean water supply projects executed in Takhar

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Jun 20, 2014 - 11:26

TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Seventy percent of residents of northern Takhar province have gained access to clean drinking water, officials said on Friday.

Rural Development Director Eng. Raz Mohammad Faiz told Pajhwok Afghan News they had dug up 400 wells in remote areas besides laying water pipelines from springs to villages.

“We have dug up 153 deep wells In Khwaja Bahauddin, 104 in Yangi Qala, 150 in Ishkamish and four in Khwaja Ghar districts to increase people’s access to potable water,” he said.

Besides his department, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistaninfo-icon, DACAAR and the India government have implemented a number of water supply projects in the province.

But some people still lack access to potable water. One resident of Ishkamish district Abdul Qudus complained: “We are forced to drink contaminated water. As a result, our children are taken sick.”

Khwaja Ghar resident Ghulam Sakhi said they stored rainwater in the spring and drank it in the summer. The consumption of this water has left many of his relatives sick.

But Taloqan resident Amanullah Khan acknowledged the increased availability of water on tap in the provincial capital.

Eng. Faiz said they executed water supply projects in the areas where clean drinking water was available. But many areas do not have the resource, including springs.

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