A Comprehensive Water Project for Soran Town

The Problem: Within northern Iraq, water issues are paramount with chronic problems of increasing demand and impossibly difficult supplies. In the early 2000’s Soran District in particular was flooded with returnees from Iran, placing great stress on water resources. Many families were generally unaware of how their behavior affects the environment and hence the linkages between poor health and pollution were rarely understood, leading to poor health practices and outcomes. SFL provided emergency services to over 5,250 people over 2004-2005, but longer term plans were required.

The Solution: To address the major water issues in Soran, our team initiated a comprehensive and sustainable water solution project that sought to provide a permanent, reliable and clean source of water to the families of Soran Town. This involved construction of large-scale water systems, including pipelines, pump systems, water tanks, and establishing school awareness programs about public health.

The Impact: 165,000 individuals provided sustainable access to water; 130 schools provided training in water catchment pollution and safe rubbish disposal

Funder: U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM)
Duration: 2006-2007