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Water supply in Dogh Abad (Afghanistan)

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Many Afghans have no access to clean and safe drinking water in their own households. In Kabul, the Afghan capital, today only around one third of households are connected to public water supply. The situation is even worse in the Afghan provinces where only one of five households has access to water from the tab.


In 2007, a new company, the Afghanistan Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Corporation (AUWSSC) was created in order to renew and build up water infrastructure and to provide drinking water to the Afghan population. AUWSSC is the holding company for local utilities called “Strategic Business Units” (SBU). AUWSSC’s work is based on commercial principles. The company is supported by international donors such as the the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), the World Bank, US AID, Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and others. During the design and implementation of water supply projects AUWSSC cooperates with local communities, different ministries, contractors and costumers. As a consequence, stakeholder dialogues are essential for AUWSSC’s daily business. In June 2013 AUWSSC started a water supply project in Dogh Abad, which is part of the 7th district of Kabul. Here, around 2500 households are without proper access to drinking water. The project’s aim is to provide fresh and clean water by constructing water pipes and pumps. The project is funded by the World Bank and is scheduled for completion in June 2014.


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