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Drinking waterAgrinas has been helping rural peoples in Kazakhstan with water issues since 2001. This was strategic, since rural Kazakhstan is undeveloped, with citizens marginalized economically, democratically, and geographically. Villages are often located quite some distance from larger regional cities - where jobs, and items needed for daily living must be obtained through travel over poor transportation infrastructure. Many villages depend on agriculture, and thereby irrigation water, for their livelihood. However during summertime water in canals often does not reach villages and even their backyard gardens and farms can go dry.

The quality and availability of drinking water is a problem in many villages in the Kyzylorda Province. This is because the province has an arid climate and the continent-crossing Syr Daria River is of poor quality and often far from villages. All village drinking water must be obtained from groundwater sources. Many of these water systems do not function properly. More can be learned about the regional drinking water situation by clicking here.

Agrinas has been working with village leaders and sponsors to improve the drinking water situation of rural Kazakhs.

Our first water project was in the village of Kargaly (2002-2003), where Agrinas performed a groundwater study, purchased a water truck, and gave water containers to the poorest families. Kargaly is located 35 km south of the small town of Shelli, near the boarder of the "Red Sand" desert.

In the village of Baygekhum, located about 25 km northwest of the small town of Shelli, Agrinas has been working since 2005 developing their water system which serves about 2,200 people. At the start of the project about 1500 villagers were getting water from the irrigation canals! The project is complex, in that it has involved many stages of project development and implementation. Rebuilding of the village deep well, replacing corroded piping, purchase of many materials, capacity building with the local village leadership, and re-establishing water to the school, have been the main components of this project. Bacteriological water testing has also been carried out on a regular basis. In Spring of 2009 the project was finished.

The Baygekhum Kindergarten project was started in the winter of 2008. Here we were working to bring water from the village well into the building which had no running water. Imagine working daily with fifty, 3-5 year olds with no running water! This project was finished in 2009.

The Water Laboratory has been useful to us over the eight years Agrinas has been active in drinking water. Guessing about water quality can never substitute for real data collected from villages, and Agrinas believes the use of the testing materials has been invaluable in the understanding of village water problems.



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