Khorezm Region: Investing in Sustainable
Water Solutions 2018/2019
We worked with local schools and farmers to install drip line irrigation and reverse osmosis systems, the two most effective methods to save and cleanse water.
The effects of water depletion in the Aral Basin are very visible. Schoolchildren in Buyrachi only have access to highly saline groundwater. Many of their hands are bloated and discolored, a sign of anemia. Local irrigation methods are often counterproductive towards water sustainability. Although there are simple solutions to these problems, communities simply cannot afford them.
We worked with local schools and farmers to install drip line irrigation and reverse osmosis systems, the two most effective methods to save and cleanse water. Drip-line irrigation facilitates long-term water efficiency on farms, therefore helping reduce the continual water depletion that led to the crisis. Reverse osmosis (RO) filters at schools remove salt from salinized groundwater, preventing anemia among rural children.
Donors: Coca-Cola Foundation, Private Donors
Community Partners: Eco-Movement of Uzbekistan, Khorezm Schools #5, 7, 33, and 38; Marsel Bek, Patiort Galla and Rahimbergan Farms, OOO Debyut
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