Reconstruction Team Helps Bring Water, Life to Afghans

Story Number: NNS080225-03Release Date: 2/25/2008 11:59:00 AM
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By Ensign Christopher Weis, Provincial Reconstruction Team, Khost Afghanistan Public Affairs

KHOST, Afghanistan (NNS) -- The Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) based in Khost has been working closely to help the Afghan government fulfill its promise to deliver fresh drinking water to everyone in the province.

Until today, not all of Khost's residents could expect for that promise to be kept.

While parents and children in other districts are benefiting from recent drilling of more than 300 hand-pump drinking water wells, Dragai Village of Tani District was left out because the depth of water table prevents workable wells.

Khost provincial Director of Rural Reconstruction and Development (RRD) Mohammad Omar refused to give up and worked on a solution. The Tani Water Network opened for use on Feb. 14. RRD's innovative network brings mountain spring water to people in the district.

"A promise is a promise," Omar said. "Water is life and that's what we are giving the people of Tani."

PRT engineer, Lt. Cmdr. Bob Traeder, explained the $100,000 system took just 90 days to complete and contains more than 10 kilometers of water pipes, which deliver fresh spring water from the distant mountains to more than 12,000 people in the region.

Tani tribal elder Mohammad Qadeem Gul said he is grateful for the cooperation between the government and the PRT.

"Without it," he said, "we would not have water or a good life for our children."

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