Syrian Water Resources Platform

Drinking Water Sector

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Drinking water sector

Access to multipurpose water is a daily challenge for the people of northern Syria, as the destruction of drinking water infrastructure, poor resource management, and ongoing population displacement contributed to an increasingly acute shortage of water. While access to safe water depends on the regular and reliable availability of energy sources and electricity, the chronic energy crisis in northern Syria causes an increased need to ensure the capita quota covers all aspects of daily life including cooking, bathing, washing, and basic needs such as daily drinking water and safe disposal of sewage. On the other hand, the irrigation sector in the north of Syria suffers from a lack of support, the decrease in the irrigation sector fund led to a significant decline in this sector due to the suspension of many irrigation projects which led to the deterioration of the living conditions of farmers and the decline of the area of cultivated land. The absence of governmental institutions and mechanisms of governance led to a great depletion of groundwater and the threat to public health and the low quality of products due to the use of polluted water. 

This section focuses on three main fields which are: 

  1. Communities Water Systems / Water Stations in the communities 

  1. Irrigation systems 

  1. Water Bodies  

The main purposes of this section:  

  1. Establishing a comprehensive database for all water resources in northern Syria. 

  1. Sharing information, studies, and consultations with all humanitarian agencies and supporting actors, researchers, and decision-makers. 

  1. Highlighting the gaps and needs in the water sector in northern Syria. 

  1. Sharing experiences, and technical information through meetings, reports, studies, workshops, and training. 

  1. Contribute to advocacy aiming to address the water needs of the afflicted people in northern Syria. 

  1. Contribute with other platform members and through research, studies, and consultations to find more effective and sustainable solutions than groundwater to confront the shortage of potable water and drought in northern Syria. 

  1. Conducting a comprehensive assessment of northern Syria's public and private irrigation sources, identifying gaps and opportunities for development and emergency response. 

  1. Advocacy for the use of modern irrigation methods (drip irrigation – sprinkler irrigation …etc.) to reduce the depletion of water resources.  

  1. Contribute to monitoring groundwater levels and developing strategies to confront the harsh pressure on groundwater. 

  1. Finding alternative sources for irrigation by promoting wastewater treatment and reuse in agriculture, given its importance in covering the shortage of available water resources and reducing environmental pollution resulting from sewage. 

  1. Developing sustainable sources and solutions to activate irrigation projects, such as solar energy systems and other modern technologies