Ethiopia

15 water facilities go operational

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Mekdela Woreda, January 12, 2012 (Dessie) - Some 15 safe water units constructed in Mekdela Woreda, South Wollo Zone of Amhara State with 1.6 million Birr have gone operational, the woreda water resource development office said.

Office Representative, Worku Fantaw told ENA that the water units constructed in rural localities include, among others, facilities equipped with hand pumps and development of springs.

Worku said the facilities enabled to increase safe water service coverage to 85 per cent from the previous 65 per cent in the woreda.

The government and UNICEF covered the cost for construction of the facilities, he said.