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6,000 Jawzjan families gain access to potable water

6,000 Jawzjan families gain access to potable water

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Jul 27, 2017 - 11:00

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Hundreds of families have gained access to potable water as a result of a scheme implemented by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in northwestern Jawzjan province, officials said on Wednesday.

Rural Rehabilitation and Development Director Eng. Mahyar Sidiqi said the project for supplying clean drinking water through tankers to residents of 10 remote villages had kicked off in Shiberghan and Qosh Tepa.

“The people of these villages had been deprived of access to drinking water this season, and we would continue the need-based programme for about 40 days. It may be extended,” he added.

Sediqi said the families displaced as a result of conflict in Darzab, Qosh Tepa, Turkmen Qand and Nwabad would also benefit from the project.

Hamidullah, a resident of Taghan Arigh village, said: “The people of our area have been facing a shortage of drinking water since June 5. The problem will continue until September. Till then, we will have to bring water from Shiberghan, 25 kilometres far from our village…

“All families are unable to buy water; we are pleased that the RRD Department is supplying free water through tankers to our area. Earlier, the people were using pond water with is injurious to healthinfo-icon.”

According to officials, at least 70 percent of people have no access to potable water as a result of lack of a resource shortage. Despite its harmful effects, salty and pond water is widely used in Jawzjan.

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