UNICEF rehabilitates conflict-damaged sedimentation tanks to enhance the production of treated water

With thanks to a generous contribution from Japan

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A water sedimentation tank
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Antwan Chnkdji
26 September 2021

Alkhafsa water treatment plant, 90 kilometres east of Aleppo city, northwest Syria, provides safe drinking water to around three million people in the city and a number of towns and villages in the east and south of rural Aleppo. The plant contains 24 sedimentation tanks, aimed at improving the quality and production capacity of treated water. Six of the total 24 sedimentation tanks were damaged during the conflict and became out of service, negatively affecting the quantity of treated water and leading to decreased amounts of safe drinking water at many locations in the governorate. 

UNICEF staff with workers in front of electrical control panel
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Antwan Chnkdji
Maher Ghafari, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Officer with UNICEF in Aleppo, assessing additional required rehabilitation works during a site visit to Alkhafsa water treatment plant in east rural Aleppo, northwest Syria.
workers in a empty tank
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Antwan Chnkdji
Workers in Alkhafsa water treatment plant in east rural Aleppo, northwest Syria, carry on maintenance works in a water sedimentation tank.
sedimentation tank from inside
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Antwan Chnkdji
Workers in Alkhafsa water treatment plant in east rural Aleppo, northwest Syria, carry on maintenance works in a water sedimentation tank.
workers in sedimentation tank
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Antwan Chnkdji
Workers in Alkhafsa water treatment plant in east rural Aleppo, northwest Syria, carry on maintenance works in a water sedimentation tank.
UNICEF staff beside a full water sedimentation tank
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Antwan Chnkdji
Maher Ghafari, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Officer with UNICEF in Aleppo, assessing additional required rehabilitation works during a site visit to Alkhafsa water treatment plant in east rural Aleppo, northwest Syria.
A water sedimentation tank
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Antwan Chnkdji
A water sedimentation tank rehabilitated by UNICEF in Alkhafsa water treatment plant, east rural Aleppo, northwest Syria.
A water sedimentation tank
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Antwan Chnkdji
A water sedimentation tank rehabilitated by UNICEF in Alkhafsa water treatment plant, east rural Aleppo, northwest Syria.

To help children and families in Aleppo access safe drinking water, this year, with thanks to a generous contribution from Japan, UNICEF has completed the rehabilitation of three out of the six conflict-damaged sedimentation tanks in Alkhafsa water treatment plant; thus, enhancing the production of treated water by 100 million litres per day.