Ethiopia: United States Unveils New State-of-the-Art Water System in Afar

Water Development Commissioner Dr. Beshah Mogesse from the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor, and President of Afar Regional State Ato Awel Arba inaugurated a new state-of-the-art reverse osmosis water system that will provide the first-ever sustainable source of safe drinking water for more than 2,000 people living in the Serdo community of Afar Regional State. (US embassy in Addis Ababa)

US embassy in Addis Ababa
October 2, 2019

Serdo, Afar Regional State,  – The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), partnered with DuPont Water Solutions and the Afar Regional State government to unveil a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis water system in the community of Serdo. U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor and Afar Regional State President Awol Arba jointly inaugurated the new water system, which will provide the first-ever sustainable source of safe drinking water for more than 2,000 people in the area.

USAID’s Lowland Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Activity, in collaboration with DuPont Water Solutions and the Afar Water and Irrigation Resource Development Bureau, installed a reverse osmosis water system featuring a standalone cooling tower—the first of its kind in Afar. The facility is designed to safely treat salinity, filter out impurities and harmful bacteria, and reduce the high temperature of the local groundwater making it safe to drink.

“These efforts are just one part of the United States’ much larger investment in providing Ethiopians throughout their country with greater opportunities to prosper in life, including our major programs to support health, education, and livelihoods.” said U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor.

Over the past several years, the USAID Lowland WASH Activity has built 25 community water supply systems and rehabilitated an additional 91 water systems, providing access to safe drinking water for more than 200,000 Ethiopians in areas of the country where water is scarce. Under a unique partnership, DuPont provided funding for supplies and installation of the reverse osmosis and water-cooling equipment for the Serdo facility, and will promote the use of similar innovations in other parts of Ethiopia.

The United States is the largest bilateral donor in Ethiopia. U.S. development programs like the USAID Lowland WASH Activity invest in strengthening the capacity of local government and the Ethiopian people to address their own needs by helping communities better manage and use water resources. Over the past five years, the United States has provided approximately  $4 billion in development and humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia.



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5 Responses to "Ethiopia: United States Unveils New State-of-the-Art Water System in Afar"

  1. fakestory   October 3, 2019 at 8:10 am

    do we still need to meet this kind of demand ourselves until these days ?

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  2. Zeru   October 3, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Ethiopia needs to sell Ethiopian airlines , Ethio Telecom and Ethiopian Shipping lines , even the GERD hydroelectric dam too must be sold, so the most vulnerable citizens who are often the first to suffer do not suffer.For instance, people who show up to their local [public] health clinic that is already only open once a week may now find that it also doesn’t have medicines, Or that school that was going to open this year to meet the needs of a particular neighborhood, it gets postponed.
    The entire economy can be thrown into paralysis. When a government can’t meet its existing debt obligations that makes it very hard to access new money. Lenders that provide this type of financing aren’t going to want to throw good money after bad. And to keep up daily operations, governments need continual access to credit. Ahmed adds that these operations often include not just the provision of services to citizens but business activities that generate much of a government’s income — extracting and exporting natural resources like copper or oil, for instance. These kinds of operations can become impossible without day-to-day credit. Just like for a small business, you need to be able to borrow on a day-to-day basis for your cash flow.
    So this is very much an on-the-ground crisis. It’s easy for us to think of these as abstract financial numbers. But it’s very important to recognize that behind these numbers are the lives of people who are already living in very difficult circumstances with no bailout only choice left is to sell any organization.

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    • fikrte   October 4, 2019 at 7:19 am

      are you promoting colonization ?

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  3. lulu   October 4, 2019 at 4:44 am

    algbachehum, Afar wist bezu maeden ale, already ityopianoch, afaroch huletegna zega eyehonu niw. want tourismen market madreg, yewechiwochun endiweru lemadreg niw. be tourism minim ager megenbat yemibal neger yelem, ageritun be g/sedom, hesanatin mechawecha lemadreg ende leloch ager. hezben sira lai maswal enji, tourism belo sebeb yewechin asgebeto habtuan lemazeref niw.

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  4. observer   October 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

    in the western countries, tourism is a means to promote gibresedom, shirmutna and lejoch sirkote wezete
    ahun ethpia i becming victim of these sort of crime

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