Aid & Development

Amid the water crisis in Deir ez-Zour, individuals establish a filtering centre

Syria

Residents in Deir ez-Zour have been suffering from water pollution. A group of individuals have taken the initiative to establish a filtering station to provide clean water.

Since the expulsion of ISIS from most parts of Deir ez-Zour, the inhabitants of the region have been dealing with numerous issues that have resulted from the conflict and misrule of ISIS. One significant issue that local residents have been facing is access to clean water.

The inaccessibility of clean water in Deir ez-Zour has been attributed to the lack of functioning filtering stations in the region, which have led to the persistence of pollution of the local water. The lack of filtering stations has not necessarily been a problem connected to a lack of will, but is a consequence of the damaged infrastructure and poor economic conditions in Deir ez-Zour.

Many local residents have been left to their own devices and have created their own filtering stations. Many in the area have been infected with diseases due to the polluted water and so they found the creation of filtering stations to be necessary.

Large parts of Deir ez-Zour Province were liberated from ISIS by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) towards the end of 2017.

Since the liberation, a Civilian Council has been set up for Deir ez-Zour to administer the affairs of the province, just like the Civilian Council that was established in Raqqa following the ousting of ISIS from there.

The Civilian Council has cooperated with local residents to facilitate the reconstruction process. In addition, the Civilian Council has contributed to the return of internally displaced people (IDP) back to their homes after the formation of a committee charged with the responsibility of dealing with this specific issue.

In terms of the stabilisation of the state of security in the region, the SDF continues to have a large presence in Deir ez-Zour, and is cooperating with local leaders and tribes who had already contributed to the liberation effort from before.

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