Gilgit-Baltistan: Slow Sand Water Filtration Schemes in Baltistan

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Gilgit (BR): In a bid to provide to clean drinking water and access to sanitation, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launches slow sand water filtration scheme in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), which will benefit nearly 1,393 households at Union Council (UC) Daghoni Balghar of District Ghanche GB.

With the support of USAID’s Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program LSO Daghoni Balghar (GB) will be providing safe drinking water to 25 villages of UC Daghoni Balghar District Ghanche, GB, through water filtration system within a period of 7 months to provide portable water and access to sanitation, as clean water and sanitation is one the neglected sectors in Pakistan.

The project will benefit nearly 1,393 households at UC Daghoni Balghar of District Ghanche through construction of two slow sand water filters. The communities of these villages currently do not have access to potable water and rely on river water for all their needs. By directly drinking river water, a lot of water borne diseases like skin infection, diarrhea, vomiting, Acid Peptic Disease (APD), Indigestion and Urinary Tract Infection are spreading in the area.

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