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ICRC providing better access to clean water in western Tigray

The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) has completed building a new reservoir in the district of Miglabferes in the Northern Regional State of Tigray. It has also upgraded the distribution of network.

The finalized reservoir and the upgraded supply system is expected to improve access to safe and clean water for the residents who had to make a long queue and travel long distances to get potable water. The project was done following a request made by officials of the district to the ICRC.

The project included the construction of an elevated reservoir of fifty cubic meters, its connection to the existing borehole, and the upgrading of the water distribution system through five tap stands, each of four taps. “Innovative for the region, the steel water reservoir has an estimated life span of 50 years,” said ICRC engineer Nicole Frelechoux.

In 2014, the ICRC also donated spare parts to water offices, drilled 11 boreholes and trained representatives of more than 60 communities for better management of water points or improved hygiene practices in Tigray region. In order to ensure the sustainability of the project, the ICRC, in coordination with water resources and mine and health offices, is set to organize community management and hygiene promotion training for the residents of Miglabferes.

Scarcity of water is commonplace in northern Ethiopia.

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