Water cut adds to civilians’ hardships in Syria’s north


Women waiting for water vehicle in Qamishli's Hileliya. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – The constant water cut in Qamishli city in northeastern Syria is one of the daily aspects of suffering since the start of Syrian crisis, March 2013.

Water cut used to last for hours then for days and now for months. Some neighbourhoods in Qamishli have not had water for two years now.

Mohammad, a resident of Qamishli, told ARA News that the water cut led many to dig wells to cover their necessity.

“We are now entirely dependent on previously and newly-dug wells, despite of the high costs of digging and buying plungers necessary to draw water out,” Mohammad said.

Water trade spread in the city of Qamishli where tanks are filled with wells’ water then distributed and sold to people.

Khadija, a housewife from Qamishl, told ARA News: “Water cut had great impact on our life. It is expensive, which led to more daily expenses.”

On the other hand, the regime-held neighbourhoods in the city rarely have water cut, local sources said. The governmental institutions there do not have problems unless in the case of general foul-up.

One of the engineers working in Qamishl Water Company, who preferred to stay anonymous, said: “There are no pipelines foul-ups. Scarcity or lack of water is resultant from not using all the turbines and decreasing pumping level in the pipelines.”

“There is a back-up pipeline which was established years ago but has not been used till now,”  he told ARA News.

Hayfa, a resident of Hilaliya neighbourhood in Qamishli, said: “We talked to the municipality and the water establishment to solve the problem but in vain.”

People in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli suffer many hardships, including power and water cut, communication cut and dramatically increasing prices, which caused the migration of many residents due to this deteriorating situation and the security vacuum.


Reporting by: Rodi Ahmad

Source: ARA News

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