Clean Water for 400 Households in Badghis

A woman in a village in Badghis province brings drinkable water from a nearby water point. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan / 2014

Badghis, February 2015 — In a remote part of western Badghis province where underground water is mostly salty, people in Dahane Abshar-e-Rigi village of Maqur district responded to their drinking water need by building rainwater reservoirs with US$ 125,000 funding from the National Area-Based Development Programme of UNDP and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.

Standard water safety measures have been employed in building the reservoirs and piping them out to different points in the village. Once rain stops, the assigned community members have been trained in carefully covering the reservoirs with concrete slabs blocking dusts and any other outside objects that might affect the water safety.

Highlights

  • People in Dahane Abshar-e-Rigi village of Maqur district responded to their drinking water need by building rainwater reservoirs.
  • “We used to bring water from the river that made our children sick and they even died of diarrhea, but fortunately now we have enough safe water,” said Abdul Haleem, a CDC member.
  • This project employed 60 locals as labourers, each receiving an average of US$ 8 a day.
  • Since its inception in 2003, UNDP's NABDP has implemented 490 water supply and sanitation projects benefiting nearly 230k households throughout rural Afghanistan.

Previously, the villagers had to bring drinking water on donkeys and or their backs from a river, several kilometres east of their village, but as that water was not safe, it caused them various intestinal problems, especially diarrhea in children.

“Before, in our village we didn’t have any source of drinking water,” said Abdul Haleem, a member of the village’s community development council. “We used to bring water from the river that made our children sick and they even died of diarrhea, but fortunately now we have enough safe water.” 

To rule out any occasional contamination, water inside the reservoirs is periodically chlorinated. Each extended to a cluster of village houses, the 20 water points each equipped with a tap ensure easy access of more than 400 families to drinkable water throughout the village.

During a three month period, the village’s community development council led the work of building eight water reservoirs across the village in which they engaged 60 locals daily as labourers, each receiving an average of US$ 8 a day.

In addition to lending their time and leadership to its implementation, the community covered 10 percent of the overall project spending. This was mainly in-kind contribution by the locals, such as providing free labour, transporting sand and gravel to the project sites and offering their construction machinery to the project work. The Maqur District Development Assembly and Provincial Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development had the responsibility to monitor construction of the reservoirs so as to ensure high-quality work.

Since its inception in 2003, the National Area-Based Development Programme has implemented 490 water supply and sanitation projects benefiting nearly 230,000 households throughout rural Afghanistan.

The National Area-Based Development Programme works to achieve a significant reduction in poverty in Afghanistan focusing on agriculture and rural employment generation, the promotion of sustainable livelihoods and the development of rural infrastructure. 

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