Currently, Covid-19 pandemic is setting new rules for everyone. From regular hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent sanitation, and self-isolation are just hand-full of it. Perhaps, we all are slowly but surely settling down for ‘new humdrum’. Embracing social distancing in hope to come back on this infection. It is been months now and one this is clear; need for safe and clean drinking water is essential. Those areas that lack access to clean, affordable, and frequent water supply must be first in solution equation.
Clean Water Is Life
As our fundamental right; access to clean water today is becoming grave challenge. Looking at supply of clean water in rural as well as some urban areas would enable communities to develop once again. Water is required for domestic and economic usage and its clean water which protects live from diseases. One such place where supply of clean water could change lives is in Chongwe District, Zambia. This place is located approximately 125kms east of Capital city of Lusaka. It is home to +100k individuals of variety of age groups. The individual here still relies on groundwater to fulfill their water needs. Presently, lack of adequate water supply plus high demand often results in long queues at water points.
Overcoming Water Shortage
There is plethora of factors that play key roles in increasing demand for water supply for example population. Other factors like poor water infrastructure, climate changes, etc, all severely affect groundwater levels. So, to reduce this effect of water shortage and to help residents of Chongwe; three boreholes have been drilled. These boreholes are capable to improve access to clean water for approximately 12-15k residents. This project was possible because of SADC, CIWA, and GEF. In SADC-GMI project in Chongwe should ease water shortage in area. Also, this project’s second goal is to identify and characterize local aquifer for water level settlement. Three boreholes would supply 100m3/hours to existing water system.
Promoting Groundwater Level Management
In CIWA project, promotion of sustainable development and groundwater management is helping to gain economic momentum once again. Activity like agriculture and livestock farming is placing up. Today, groundwater project is progressing well and slowly closing into its vision of integrated water resource management.
- Impact Of COVID-19 On World Bank: First on first, this pandemic is like a wake-up call. It is underscoring need of investing in flexible health systems. New health system must detect, identify, treat, and halt transmission of any infection from outspreading. To save lives World Bank is helping countries health facilities and ensuring professionally trained health workers are placed at front lines.
- New Normal Health: More or less all current health systems are developed for diseases like tuberculosis and measles. They are facing now a dual challenge of responding to outbreak and maintaining health emergencies. To make health system resilient, we need to start thinking differently and prepare even better.
- Second Health Crisis: Women and Children are at health crisis as COVID-19 increasingly disrupts access to essentials. With fragile health system, serious outbreak, low-income, and funding; women and children are facing impact on health and equity.
During these times it is easy to forget that development is a partnership. Implementation capacity has a human face and only by working together, we can achieve a common goal. Building valuable funding, taking effective action requires rapid decisions. As, a result of continuous and tireless efforts, today’s situation around globe is slowly getting back to its pace.