Transporting Water

For various reasons, people settle in places where their annual requirements for drinking water are not necessarily assured. Poverty is generally one of the main reasons why this happens. The construction of water lines and canals is both an opportunity and a prerequisite to have a better quality of life over the long term.

Clean Water in Afghanistan

Due to the extreme topography and the mostly dry climate, surface water hardly exists in Afghanistan. People often have to go very far to obtain clean drinking water. Particularly affected by the aridity are the individuals living in the Hazarajat region, located west of Kabul, the capital city.

In close cooperation with the Afghanistanhilfe Schaffhausen aid organization, 50 hand-operated deep wells, some going down 40 meters, were built as part of the Clean Water project. In a fivemonth-long construction period, the undertaking created 100 jobs for skilled workers and unschooled locals.

  • Drinking water for up to 40'000 people
  • 50 deep wells, with some that are 40 meters in depth
  • 100 temporary jobs

This Clean Water project supplied 40'000 people in the region with clean, always available drinking water. By placing many of the wells near schools and clinics, the usually long journey to fetch water has become a thing of the past. The presence of the wells has improved local hygiene conditions tremendously, which in turn has also significantly increased life expectancy in this region.

Clean Water

Clean Water