Dushanbe gets clean water
Yang Jie, August 20, 2009
of the Tajik capital Dushanbe
have one less thing to worry about these days. Thanks to a World Bank-sponsored
initiative, the city's water system now provides clean drinking water, where
once the taps ran brown.
Hurbi Safarova used to
enlist her grandchildren's help to lug gallons of water up to her apartment.
But even after boiling it, she would not use it for baby formula, and hesitated
to even let the older children drink it.
Charos Mirzomahmoudova, Dushanbe resident, said,
"Before, when the water was murky, we didn't allow the children to drink
it, and before, doctors were going door-to-door warning people not to drink
Dushanbe, with help from the World Bank, now
provides clean water to 75 percent of its residents. Much of it comes from this
reservoir just outside the city.
test the system several times a day.
also cuts down on water-borne illnesses. Typhoid outbreaks are less common,
which is important in a city where much of the population is under the age of
15, and particularly vulnerable.
next project for Dushanbe's authorities is to pipe fresh clean water into the
apartments of the remaining 25 percent of the city that still goes without.