A SWIMMING POOL IN THE DESERT photo essay

 

3,600 cubic meters of water is the equivalent of nearly 1.5 Olympic swimming pools. Nearly all of this water must be pumped from the aquifer 500 meters below the ground in Za’atari, loaded into one of around 80 delivery trucks, and delivered to thousands of locations over the 5 square miles of the camp in order to provide water to its nearly 80,000 residents. Every day.

 

The pump at borehole #3 in Za’atari Camp may not look like much, but it pumps 1000 cubic meters of water from depth of 500 meters every single day. 

 

 

 

Water storage tanks at Borehole #3.

 Photo credit: JRPSC/Alice Whitby/Aug2015

 

Drivers fill up their trucks are Borehole #3.

 Photo credit: JRPSC/Alice Whitby/Aug2015

 

Photo credit: JRPSC/Alice Whitby/Aug2015

 

 

A voluntary community leader, resident in Za'atari,  is responsible for ensuring that every person within his neighborhood receives 35 litres of water per day.

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 Photo credit: JRPSC/Alice Whitby/Aug2015

 

 

The community leader signs off on every delivery, and keeps a precise record of how much water is delivered with every truck load.

 Photo credit: JRPSC/Alice Whitby/Aug2015

 

 

The community leader reviews delivery records with ACTED staff, who work closely with the community leaders to address any issues that might arise.

 Photo credit: JRPSC/Alice Whitby/Aug2015

 

 

Umm Adi and Umm Hassan washe dishes outside of a  caravan in Za'atari Camp.

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 Photo credit: JRPSC/Alice Whitby/Aug2015

 

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Sector: WASH
Project name: Provision of essential services and infrastructure in four camps: Zaatari, Azraq, Cyber City and King Abdullah Park and selected host communities in Mafraq, Irbid and Zarqa governorates
JRP Specific Objective: REF 1: Culturally and gender appropriate, safe and equitable access to water for drinking, cooking, and personal and domestic hygiene ensured
JRP Project Title: REF 1.1 Water Supply in Camps
Total Financing: USD 29 million
Financing Agency: UNICEF
Implementing Partner: ACTED