Friday, 8 January 2010

A well in Bar Kanday. Typical municipal water supply for Afghanistan villages - a cement curbing sunk 25 - 50 feet in the ground (til they hit water) and then a hand pump or bucket on a rope utilized to withdraw water. This well supplies several hundred people and their livestock as well. Many of these are contaminated with bacteria and parasite eggs, (and mud during the dry times of the year) leading to public health problems. Many go dry as other wells are sunk into the same water table for municipal water or irrigation. Thousands of these types of wells have been dug since 9/11 by the UN, charitible organizations, and coalition forces; many dry up or fail due to lack of pump repair parts.

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