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UNICEF, Mariupol City Council and Vodocanal launch Social Water project to provide clean drinking water to vulnerable populations

Mariupol, 3 October 2016 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine will support the City Council of Mariupol, Donetsk region, and Mariupol Vodocanal to provide free drinking water to social institutions such as schools, kindergartens, hospitals and other appropriate locations. The project will also involve supply of low cost drinking water to people who have been selected on the basis of social needs. UNICEF will supply Mariupol Vodocanal with 400 water storage tanks to be installed at Social Water locations, and large water bottles to be distributed in the framework of the project. The city administration and Vodocanal will produce clean drinking water and provide its transportation and distribution.

41 schools and kindergartens have already been equipped with water storages and 20 of these facilities have started receiving water, another 80 to 100 facilities like schools and other social institutions will be equipped by the end of this month. The project is expected to be fully functional by the end of November.
“The Social Water project enables to provide children in conflict-affected areas with free safe drinking water and to alleviate the financial burden on families with cheaper water. It also enhances the Vodocanal preparedness to supply drinking water to Mariupol residents in case of water cuts”, said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine. “We are thankful to the Government of Germany for their contribution and support to this project”, she added.

UNICEF supports Social Water project in the framework of its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme that is implemented in Eastern Ukraine since 2014. Other WASH projects in Mariupol include: provision of pumps, pipes and electrical equipment for the refurbishment of the Sartanskaya pumpstation; provision of pipes to replace corroded water mains; provision of two water tankers to assist Vodocanal to deliver emergency water to populations experiencing failure of their usual water supply; distribution of hygiene kits to vulnerable children and families.

The WASH programme is the largest emergency response programme supported by UNICEF Ukraine. Since the beginning of the conflict UNICEF reached 1.8 million people with safe water for drinking, cooking and hygiene in government- and non-government controlled areas. Since 2014, nearly 700 tons of liquid chlorine have been delivered to the public utility company in Donetsk region alone and an additional 250 tons is planned for delivery to the Luhansk region by the end of 2016 to ensure that water is safe for drinking. At least another 288,000 people have received hygiene kits and hygiene education. UNICEF latrine cabins and water tanks are used by nearly 10,000 people daily at exit-entrance checkpoints along the contact line, as well as in government-controlled areas like Marinka and Pyshchevyk. Additional support is provided to public utility companies with pipes, pumps, accessories and equipment to ensure the continuous flow of safe drinking water to a subset of the 1.8 million people mentioned above.


UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:



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