8 February 2007

Ethiopia: Potable Water Projects Underway

Gondar — The construction of 122 potable water projects is well underway in Dembia Woreda of North Gondar Zone at a cost of six million birr, the Woreda Administrator said.

Yedeme Yeshalem told ENA Tuesday that the potable water projects are being executed with the fund obtained from government and non-governmental organizations as well as with free labour and material contribution of the public.

The projects are being constructed in 122 rural kebeles, where there is acute shortage of potable water, he said.

The drilling of water wells and development of springs are included in the projects, the administrator said.

Yedeme said upon going fully operational, the water projects are expected to benefit over 30,000 people.

The projects would also increase the potable water coverage of the area to 50 per cent from 12.8 per cent currently, he said.

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