PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A new potable water supply system has been inaugurated for nearly 14,000 people in Haiti as part of a United Nations (UN) mission.
Built at a cost of $95,000, with 95% funded by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the project is centred on Nan Pwa, Madame-Cyr and nearby localities.
One of the aims of the project is to ensure clean water demands for drinking, cooking and hygiene are met, even during rainy seasons.
The water system, which includes 5.5 kilometres of pipes and seven water distribution points, is also expected to alleviate the burden on the local population of having to travel long distances to fetch safe water.
Responsibility for running the system has now been handed over to the country’s national water and sanitation agency, the Direction nationale de l’eau potable et de l’assainissement.
The project falls in line with plans from Haiti’s government to implement projects to combat water-borne diseases, such as diarrhoea, typhoid fever and cholera.