3 Novembre 2014

Working to improve lives in flood affected areas


Working to improve lives in flood affected areas

Handing out equipment
Handing out equipment

Hundred families in Odžak, Domaljevac, Modriča, Šamac and Orašje were equipped with the water filters, as part of Oxfam WASH programme for flood-affected areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This comes after the analysis of water from 160 wells and public pipes in Posavina area (area along the river Sava, BiH side). The analysis of the samples, taken by the team of Oxfam experts, has shown that around 100 wells were contaminated and that water in them is not usable for human consumption. The filters are supplied as part of the response to those findings.

This filter will make our lives so much easier. Ever since the flooding, we were warned not to drink the water, so we bought it. We bought the water even for cooking and would bring water for washing and other needs from afar. We basically organised our family life around the needs for water and made going to get the water part of our daily routine, which was quite tiring, considering all other work we still need to do, as cleaning the house inside and around, as well as fixing, there is still so much of it to be done. Now, I will be able to make supply of filtered water and not waste time and energy on getting the water from somewhere.“ said Lucija Matić, one of the beneficiaries.

Water filters
Water filters

At the beginning of November the second round of water analysis will be made, when same Oxfam experts will visit additional 160 wells and public pipes in the same area. Depending on the analysis results, further 100 filters will be supplied to families in Posavina.

In addition to filters, Oxfam experts disinfected around 30 wells, while two chlorinators were delivered for the local aqueducts. To enable people to have clean water, Oxfam delivered two water tanks of 3000 litres, for clean water at the beginning of WASH activities in June this year, which is still in use in local communities in Šamac and Domaljevac.

These activities are part of Oxfam WASH programme, in BiH supported by Jersey Overseas Aid Commission and Stavros Niarchos Foundation from Greece.

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