Kabul citizens facing water shortages
Sat Jun 23, 1:42 pm
Many of Kabul citizens complain of the lack of potable water in the city, saying irregular water distribution via Kabul’s water-pipe systems is creating difficult problems in their everyday lives.
The citizens say that as the Holy Month of Ramadan draws closer, their problems should be resolved immediately or their problems will increase two-fold.
Most of the private companies that have the responsibility of piped water distribution in some cases obtain excessive amounts of water and don’t distribute it according to their obligations, Kabul citizens told Ariana TV when they were asked about their problems.
The head of the Kabul Water Supply Authority also admitted the existing problems, saying soon the problems would be addressed in the areas where the citizens have no access to piped-water.
Muhammad Latif Muzafarkhail said the huge population influx into the City Kabul has caused the Kabul Water Supply Authority to be unable to provide safe drinking water for all the residents. He added that they were trying their best to meet the requirements of the citizens.
He said that at the present time, 30 percent of Kabul’s population has access to safe drinking water. He added that the department intends to increase the distribution of potable water to 50 percent of the population by 2015.
The performance of private water distribution companies is not satisfactory at the present time, but new planning was underway to monitor their functions, Muzafarkhail said.
Currently 20 private companies are active in Kabul distributing drinking water to the citizens.
Lack of safe drinking water in Kabul is one of the main problems facing the inhabitants. Because of the vast population and irregular water supply systems in the city, the inhabitants consume well water that doesn’t meet the minimum standards.