Water remains cut off in the besieged districts of Deir Ezzor and it is undrinkable and costly, if available

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Civilians in the besieged districts of Deir Ezzor are facing a severe lack of water, as they always have to wait for five days each week to receive a three-hour long water supply by the water plant in al-Joura.


During the three hours, the vast majority of civilians do not benefit from the pumped water, as it does not reach all the residential buildings in al-Joura, mainly the ones situated between al-Wadi and al Sijn streets. Concerning both Al Qusour and al-Muwadafine neighborhoods, which are supplied by the water plant situated at the village of al-Bughayliyah that was recently captured by Daesh, the situation is the same or even worse.


As a result, civilians are now pushed to bring water from the Euphrates River and wells containing saline water. This undrinkable, polluted, untreated water is the only available alternative for them at the current time, which lies the ground for diseases such as diarrhea to emerge between those drinking such non-potable water.


In other news, some civilians have resorted to buying tankers filled with water (the size of five barrels) at 5000 Syrian pound; however, it is also not suitable for drinking and is untreated as well.


The water supply pumped by the water plant in al-Joura is also undrinkable, as the plant relies only on chlorine when examining it without applying methods like fertilization and purification, meaning that water supplied to civilians stays filled with all sorts of dirt and dust.


It should be pointed out that water in Harabish district has been cut off since Daesh took control over al-Bassel water plant at the village of al-Bughayliya, forcing civilians to bring water from the Euphrates River and wells with saline water.


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