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Securing clean water for Syrian refugees

Jordan, Syria, August 31, 2012

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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
    The test results showed the water in the taps is drinkable, but that wasn't the case with some of the water being delivered in trucks. A more permanent water infrastructure should help prevent future contamination. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Mugar Dumitrache, Mercy Corps' emergency water and sanitation expert, recently arrived in Jordan to assess the situation in the rapidly expanding Zaatari refugee camp, now home to more than 15,000 people.

Along with Morad Samara, Mercy Corps' Jordan Logistics Coordinator, I watched as Mugar tested the water being supplied to the families here. Their tests found that the water in the drinking taps was suitable for human consumption, but the water being delivered in one of the trucks on that day did not pass the test.

The water in the trucks was diverted to be used for showers and laundry purposes so it did not enter the drinking water system. The cause of the contamination is under investigation to prevent future problems.

Mercy Corps is working to increase the access to clean water for more than 400,000 people, including refugees in the camps and those staying with host families.

In Zaatari camp, teams plan to set-up a new water infrastructure, including wells, storage tanks and a pumping system to deliver the water.

Once this project is complete it will alleviate the need for water delivery trucks, which are much more expensive to operate on a long-term basis. It will also increase the water supply to the camp and remove the pressure on the surrounding local community that is tapping into its already limited supply of water in existing wells.

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