UNICEF completes construction of water, sanitation network in Zaatari camp

UNICEF has recently completed the construction of a sustainable water and sanitation system in Zaatari refugee camp, which will provide a sustainable source of clean water and safe sanitation for nearly 80,000 people, including 45,000 children, The Jordan Times reported Monday (March 18th).

Every household now has a toilet connected to the wastewater system, providing safety and dignity to girls, women and all residents of the camp, according to a statement released by UNICEF.

UNICEF and its partners have also installed accessible toilets for children and adults with disabilities.

With the completion of the water network, 35 litres of safe drinking water are provided directly to the homes of each family member living in the camp.

The construction project was undertaken by UNICEF, with the support of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, and was built in several stages. It was completed thanks to a donation from Germany, in addition to funding from Canada, the UK and the US.

According to the statement, the new network has reduced operating costs by over 66% and eliminates the need for water trucks.

"Ending the reliance on trucking for water and wastewater provision is not only cost-effective, it has also ensured a more equitable distribution of the services for families," UNICEF Jordan Representative Robert Jenkins said.

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