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Editorial: Water is life

Most of the Afghan masses still do not have access to clean drinking water despite billions of dollars invested to supply the nation with a steady supply. In Kabul almost six million people are living and over half of them are lacking access to safe drinking water as well as lack of access to improved sanitation. Majority of the war-hit Afghans get its water from wells and storage tanks. Collecting water is most difficult task as some masses has to take it to their homes in mountains. In some areas, they walk miles to find water and then carry it back in large. For children this task is particularly arduous and tiring. As a whole finding drinking water is a difficult job, and in some cases people purchase potable water. It is very much obvious that lack of clean water, and even access to the water that exists could threaten future development o Afghanistan. However, to crack at last least of these problems, the government has signed the agreement of the Kabul water supply project with a private company. The project is due to supply water to Kabul city residents in three phases, costing 100 million dollars expensed from the donations of the Germany government, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the French Development Bank. The government’s water supply department signed the agreement with the Mumtza Group in the presence of President Ashraf Ghani. Once the first phase of the project is completed, drinking water would be available at door steps of around 10 thousand residential houses for 24 hours. The project of potable water is just making headlines after Kabul resident demanded for clean drinking water and proper drainage system in every corner of Kabul city. At the same we must realize that misuse of water and improper water management system is the main cause that leads toward water shortages. Adequate sources of water without good management are useless. Lack of electricity is another part of the problem for the government to provide clean drinking water across the country. Without electricity, development and water sanitation projects cannot go forward. Till today the Afghan government was also failed to use of the country’s river supplies. But recently we have seen progress in using our flowing waters to generate powers by constructing water dams. So this is a great move, and we remain optimistic that one day drinking water and electricity services provides to the Afghan masses not in Kabul only, but across the country. Fresh water is necessary for the survival of all living organisms on earth. Water is a precious substance that meets our physical needs. Water is also an integral part of many ecosystems that support us and a myriad of other species. The Afghan people despite facing shortages, it is also their duty to restrain from wasting water.

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