The Water Cooperation of the Civil Council in Deir ez-Zour is working hard with the aid of locals to improve the quality of water in the town of Mellaj in the province of Deir ez-Zour.
In the Mellaj Island in Syria’s Deir ez-Zour Province, the Water Corporation of the Civil Council in cooperation with local engineers have launched an initiative to maintain part of the water purification station. The initiative was launched after a series of studies were conducted on the station’s water, which revealed that the water being pumped out to the residents is polluted, and not filtered and sterilised properly due to malfunctions in the station.
“The station never had chlorine and alum filters, and this is the main problem we have faced,” said Abdullah al-Omar, a local engineer. “These two substances are essential in the purification of water and the elimination of germs.”
The rehabilitation of the water purification station included the installation of a new water tank, pipes and the removal of dirt from blocked waterways.
“We rehabilitated the station in coordination with the Civil Council and the Water Corporation in Deir ez-Zour,” said Haitham al-Abdullah, a local engineer. “We are now in the final stages of rehabilitating the station and what’s left is the main reservoir of the station.”
According to Akram al-Antar, an official from the Civil Council in Deir ez-Zour, the Mellaj water purification station will begin pumping clean and safe water to the residents of the city, once the rehabilitation is completed by the engineers and the Water Cooperation.
Since the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) defeated ISIS in the Mellaj Island, which is located on the Euphrates River between the villages of Kasrah and Kubar, in mid-2017, the city has seen many rehabilitation initiatives.
Villagers have also begun rebuilding their homes and attempting to return to normalcy despite the rise in the prices of basic goods and commodities, due to the country’s economic situation.
The people of Mellaj have shown that they can rebuild their lives despite the different struggles that they face, becoming an example to nearby villages that are attempting to recover from ISIS’ rule.