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USAID Launches Project to Improve Access to Safe Drinking Water in the Somali Region

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USAID Mission Director Scott Hocklander inaugurates the new $10 million water supply system in Somali region, Jigjiga, June 20, 2024. (courtesy of U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa)

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa – USAID has announced the launch of a new $10 million water supply system under the Resilience in Pastoral Areas (RIPA-North) program, funded by Feed the Future with additional cost-sharing from the Somali Region Water Bureau. This initiative responds to the severe drought which has led to water shortages in the region.

The new water supply system provides safe drinking water in Adadle and surrounding areas, benefiting over 14,200 households, including Internally Displaced Persons in the Shebele Zone. Key components of the project include the Shebele River Water Intake Structure to provide a reliable water source; Water Treatment Plant Construction to ensure the provision of safe drinking water; and a Distribution Network to deliver water to the targeted households.

Additionally, the project involves watershed rehabilitation using nature-based solutions such as soil and water conservation, flood water harvesting, and enhanced water governance. The RIPA-North Water Security Project supports the Somali Regional State Multi-Year Resilience Strategy developed with USAID.

For 120 years, the United States and Ethiopia have partnered in health and education, agriculture and food security, science and the environment, and many other areas to improve the lives of all Ethiopians.


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  1. Good Ole USA once again at its best. It is helping our Somali brothers and sisters to get safe to drink potable water easily and efficiently. Ask what those two thugs in Moscow and Beijing are doing. The one in Moscow has been getting those poor people on the hook selling them AK47’s and RPG’s so they can kill each other like wild animals. He is also busy killing children, expecting mothers and the elderly in Ukraine. The other one in Beijing is busy stealing gold, other precious metals and cans of sardines from hungry people by boatloads. He is also busy bullying and hosing off democracies in his neighborhood.

    Right on USA, right on!!!


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