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Well Project Brings Water to Afghan Villages

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2008 – The Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team has completed an eight-well project that will bring much-needed water sources to six districts throughout the eastern Afghanistan province.

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Afghan girls draw water from a recently completed village well in the Kuz Konar district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. The Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team has completed an eight-well project that will bring a vital water source to thousands of people in six districts. U.S. Army photo

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The PRT-funded project, which combined several individual well projects into one, cost $30,000 and was constructed by an Afghan company.

“As we travel throughout the province, the Afghans tell us water availability is one of their biggest concerns,” Air Force Lt. Col. Steve Cabosky, Nangarhar PRT commander, said. “This project allowed us to directly address some of those needs and demonstrates the team’s ability to work closely with the local government to improve the lives of the Afghan people.”

The wells, which were constructed in the province’s Goshta, Kama, Kuz Kunar, Shinwar, Nazyan and Dara-I-Nur districts, took the contractor eight months to complete.

The new wells will bring a reliable water source to thousands of people across the districts, Air Force Capt. Elisabeth Leon, chief engineer for the Nangarhar PRT, said.

“These wells bring water to areas that have had their clean water reserves depleted,” Leon said. “They will help reduce waterborne illnesses, improve sanitation and provide a higher quality of life for the people.”

The PRT is funding about 60 projects worth more than $70 million throughout the province. The team’s mission is to work directly with the provincial and district governments to assist in the province’s security, governance and reconstruction efforts.

(From a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release.)

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