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10pc Kabulis have access to safe drinking water

10pc Kabulis have access to safe drinking water

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May 04, 2016 - 00:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Officials on Tuesday said 10 percent of residents in the Afghan capital, Kabul, have currently access to safe drinking water, but added another 10 percent citizens would gain access to an improved drinking water source in the next three years.

Urban Development Minister Syed Mansoor Nader, who inaugurated the first phase of a clean drinking water project in Kabul, told reporters that currently from eight to 10 percent of Kabul dwellers had access to clean drinking water.

He said the first phase of the short-term clean drinking water project for Kabul cost 20 million Euros and benefited 26,000 families in the capital.

Eight deep water wells were dug, two pump stations were established and pipes measuring 185 kilometres rehabilitated as part of the project, the minister said. He said the project would enable 135,000 families in Kabul to find access to safe drinking water.

Afghanistaninfo-icon Water Supply director Hamidullah Yalani said the mid-term water supply project for Kabul would be put into service over the next three years and then 20 percent of Kabul residents would have access to potable water.

He said the project funded by the German Development Bank was being implemented by Mumtaz Group.

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