On World Water Day, appeals for clean drinking water in Syria

HASAKAH, Syria — On World Water Day, the U.S. Embassy in Syria via Twitter demanded immediate resumption of water flow from the Alouk water stations in Rish Aino (Ras al-Ain), Ain al-Bayda and al-Khassah to the residents of Hasakah, north and East Syria.

“Millions of Syrians who faced conflict, earthquakes, drought and cholera deserve to drink clean water,” the Embassy stated.

A new report of the United Nations issued on world water development in 2023 warned of an exacerbation of a global water scarcity crisis due to climate change. It indicated that about 26% of the world’s population does not have access to safe drinking water and about 46% of people lack safely managed sanitation services.

The United Nations warned of an imminent international crisis. Global water consumption has increased by about 1% annually over the past four decades, and is expected to grow at a similar rate until 2050, due to a combination of population growth, social and economic development and changing consumption patterns.

The report focused on the huge gap in water availability and use across different regions, and the need to ensure that all people have access to clean water by 2030, indicating that 10% of the world’s population lives in countries where water stress is considered high or critical.

In related news, Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath published a video report that reveals the suffering of residents of Al-Zuhur and Hilko neighborhoods in Zalin (Qamishli), North and East Syria.

In these neighborhoods, sewage mixes with drinking water networks, causing cases of diarrhea and poisoning. The neighborhoods residents are obliged to go to other neighborhoods in order to obtain clean water to drink.