Afghanistan: Drinking water crisis in Kabul


Kabul residents are concerned about the lack of safe drinking water in the city. Residents say that they do not have access to urban water supply services and that the cost of drinking water from private companies has also gone up. Sher Mohammad, a resident of Kabul, said, “People have many problems, TOLO News reports. The bell, after three or four days it will be your turn to get water. Water is also expensive.”

Shah Wali, another resident, said, “We live here, and no one pays attention to us, and we call on the government to pay attention to our challenges.” According to some residents, they have given money to private companies to get water. According to TOLO News, however, they still do not have water and the companies are demanding more money from them. PD13 resident Liaquat Ali said, “It has been one and a half months since we got drinking water and the companies said come and renew our contract, if not, your water will be disconnected.”

Fakr Husun, a resident of PD13, said, “Companies asked us to renew our contracts and give us money, but the authorities asked us not to.” The Directorate General of State Water Supply Company said that they are currently delivering state water to more than 250,000 customers in 23 provinces. “In total, we have 250,000 customers, if we consider ten people in each family, more than two and a half million people are covered by the government water supply system,” said Sardar Y. Malik Zada, according to Tolo News. He said he tried to find out the exact number of private companies from the Taliban’s Ministry of Energy and Water, but they declined to provide details. The public water supply company says it has more than 250,000 recipients in the country’s twenty-three provinces, including the capital.

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