Main water station in NE Syria functions after one-week suspension

TEL TAMR, Syria (North Press) – Alouk water station in the countryside of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain), northeast Syria, started working after a week of suspension due to encroachments by Turkish-backed factions on the power lines, an official of the Water Department in the town of Tel Tamr, north of Hasakah, said on Tuesday.

“The Alouk station has been provided with electricity after the encroachments on the power lines were eliminated, and the station is functioning again,” Khaled Alo, an administrative official of the Water Department in Tel Tamr, told North Press.

“In the meantime, the tanks in the station are being filled in preparation for pumping water towards the city of Hasakah again,” Alo said. 

Since opposition factions’ control over it in mid-October 2019, the station has been disrupted about 25 times, the last of which was that it stopped working for more than 80 days, from late June to mid-September.

In mid-July, the United Nations called for “the resumption of water and electricity services and the protection of civilians’ access to water and sanitation in Syria.” 

About one million people are at risk as a result of severe interruptions to the vital Alouk water station in northeast Syria, the UN stated.

Reporting by Dilsoz Youssef