Second largest water station back in service in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – The second largest water station in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor has returned to work, Saud al-Muhammad, the head of the Municipality of Gharanij, 90 km east of Deir ez-Zor, said on Wednesday.

Al-Muhammad told North Press that “the Gharanij station is the second largest in the eastern countryside of Deir Ez-Zor.”

The Gharanij station provides 33,000 people with water, but its work in the past years was limited to operating only one undrinkable water pump and one drinkable water pump,” according to Muhammad.

The station did not supply more than 10 percent of its capacity during the past seven years as a result of being destroyed and looted, according to al-Muhammad.

Al-Muhammad said, “The Syrian Sustainable Organization and the Water Committee in the Deir ez-Zor Civil Council worked on the complete rehabilitation and maintenance of al-Gharanij station by providing three water pumps and four drinkable pumps for the station.”

The station has been fully serviced, including filters, a clean tank, and other connections that are inside the station, as well as electrical connections and the maintenance of the diesel generator inside the station,” he added.

After equipping the station, ten additional neighborhoods been provided with drinking water, as the station fed only three neighborhoods in Gharanij town before.

The number of people now supplied by the station is approximately 25,000, according to al-Muhammad.

He pointed out that “there are obstacles in the station’s network that lead to a weakness in the pumping of the station. We will work to overcome these obstacles in order to provide water to the required population, and we will have a future action plan for some other distant neighborhoods in the coming days.”

Work on rehabilitating the station began on October 10, 2020 and was completed on the 28th of last month.

In the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor there are 33 model stations, three of which are in operation, namely Houma and al-Susah, while Baghouz station is out of service

Gharanij resident Basim al-Askar told North Press that “they have been buying drinking water from tankers for nearly seven years’. 

He added that “The price of the tank has recently reached between six thousand and seven thousand per tank.”

Al-Askar mentioned that “after rehabilitating the Gharanij station completely and providing it with large equipment, water began to reach our neighborhoods and other ones which suffered drinking water shortage.”

Some neighborhoods in Gharanij are still not covered by water due to breakdowns in the extension lines, according to al-Askar.

Reporting by Anwar al-Midan