Assela March 04/2013 Construction of over 950 safe water projects is launched in Arssi Zone, Oromia State with over 235 million Birr, the zonal water and mines and energy development office said. Office deputy head, Getachew Abebe told ENA on Monday the projects are being carried out in 24 rural woredas since last month. The federal and regional governments as well as international donor organizations and NGOs covered the cost for construction of the projects, Getachew said. The projects expected to go operational within a year will have capacity to give service to more than half a million residents for 20 years. Some residents said that they will provide support for construction of the projects.