The restoration of the water station in Milaj represents a further sign of reconstruction in Syria's Deir ez-Zour Province.
The reconstruction process throughout the territories under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been picking up speed. In the village of Jazrat Milaj, in the west of Deir ez-Zour Province, locals have managed to rehabilitate the water station, which will now be able to provide clean water to five villages within the vicinity of Jazrat Milaj.
“The station covers more than 5 villages. Work is still ongoing and the station is operating normally. Some organizations are working in the unpurified plant which pumps to the purification plant, which in turn distributes pure water to the villages”, notes Abdullah Hamid Abdullah, an official working at the site.
The water station had not been functioning for a while, but since the people of Jazrat Milaj have lived through a lengthy period of stability, work to rehabilitate the water station has been well under way and is nearing completion:
“There was a malfunction in the engines, so we repaired them. Then we discovered that there was a malfunction in the generator. We repaired that too. Currently, the station is operating and it pumps water to the village of Milaj. 90% of the water reaches the village”, said Ahmad al-Ahmad, a technician working on the water plant.
Various sectors of the economy in Deir ez-Zour have been going through the reconstruction process for around a year, since the liberation of territories from ISIS rule. This includes the reconstruction of roads, the rehabilitation of hospitals, and voluntary, ad hoc methods to provide basic infrastructure for people living in isolated areas.
Although many of these efforts have been initiated by local people, the Civilian Councils that have propped up across parts of northern Syrian have played a vital role in the reconstruction process. The Deir ez-Zour Civilian Council’s general office opened in November 2017 and has since been active in organising reconstruction efforts within the province.