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Abdullah and his team are working tirelessly to ensure access to clean water for Yemenis

UNICEF Yemen/2018/Moohi Aldeen
© UNICEF Yemen/2018/Moohi Aldeen
Abdullah Muthana, from the National Water Resources Authority during his visit to Rawassi Water Station.

By: Majd Aljunaid & Sabrin Al-Aghbari

Sana’a, Yemen, 24 December 2018 - Abdullah Muthana and his team work in the National Water Resources Authority, the Ministry of Water & Environment in the campaign to monitor the water and wells stations and ensure that clean water reaches everyone in Sana’a, Yemen’s largest city, and other four governorates.

"Our work is humane awareness work. We follow the stations and take samples of water periodically so that the water is not contaminated," Abdullah explains.

The team of 120 workers employees starts the day very early with visits to Al-Kawather water stations as a part of their work duties where the campaign is targeting over 400 stations across the five governorates. Their main job is to ensure that the facilities are in compliance with sanitary conditions, water hygiene, and packaging.

The group also pays close attention to the requirements used to sterilize water and for this, they have at hand tools that use ultraviolet radiation and various types of filters to monitor the quality of the water. Also, they help the owners of these stations to develop and ensure access to clean water to all customers and gain their confidence.

Based on the last quality report from the National Water Resources Authority, the Water Stations improved on all the targeted indicators with an increase of more than 30 per cent comparing that to the to the start of the monitoring campaign. However, they are still working hard to have all these stations with high level of pureness.

UNICEF Yemen/2018/Moohi Aldeen
© UNICEF Yemen/2018/Moohi Aldeen
Abdullah inspects the system of water mobilization work during his visit to Rawassi station.

Abdullah says that many of the owners of the stations are still not receptive of their work because they believe that this interferes with the ownership of their work.

“We try to tell the owners that this process is for the benefit of their station, and it benefits all society, including the customers when they get clean and good water. This campaign is to increase awareness of the importance of clean water and to monitor the water quality," Abdullah said.

Abdullah’s team visits the stations and wells periodically and take random samples within the campaign since it has started.

UNICEF, in partnership with the World Bank, is working with the National Water Resources Authority to support the Water Monitoring Campaign that was launched in March 2018. It is a part of the quality of water monitoring project that serves more than 400 stations to ensure clean water access for people in Yemen. 

 

 
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