UN Migration Agency Launches One of the Largest Solar Powered Water Initiatives in Yemen

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from International Organization for Migration
Published on 11 Jul 2018 View Original

Sana'a – Yesterday (10/07), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, handed over a large-scale solar power water project to the Government of Yemen. Hamoud Obad, Governor of Sana'a, and Abdalah Al Hadi, Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation Authority, represented the Government at the official ceremony, while Stefano Pes, IOM Yemen Head of Emergency, Transition and Recovery represented IOM.

Utilizing the roofs of three high schools in Amanat Al Asimah and Sana'a Governorates, IOM installed 940 solar panels. These solar panels support the provision of approximately one million litres of water per day in the Shu'aub, Al Madinah Al Syahya, and Sho'ob neighbourhoods, which means 55,000 people can access adequate water every day. IOM estimates that more than 150,000 litres of diesel and 500 tonnes of carbon emissions are saved every year due to this environmentally friendly water system.

Yemen has one of the lowest supplies of freshwater per capita in the world with an estimated 90 per cent of Yemenis lacking access to sufficient water. Many people are forced to use unsafe sources of water, which is a clear contributor to the recent outbreak of Cholera.

To support conflict affected communities with alternative methods of accessing clean water, IOM developed a solar water project in Yemen. Solar energy, collected through photovoltaic (solar) panels, powers deep water pumps and water supply systems. This method cuts dependency and high recurrent costs of fuel-based technology. The project provides essential water supply in places where supply and prices of fuel and other basic commodities are greatly affected by the ongoing conflict and are erratic at best.

This initiative is supported by the United States Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the Government of Germany. IOM plans to expand this project throughout Yemen to contribute to the sustainable solarization in the country.

For more information, please contact Saba Malme at IOM Yemen, Tel:+ 967 736 800 329; Email: smalme@iom.int

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