By Goth Mohamed Goth
A high level UAE delegation consisting of representatives of Al Khaliif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation arrived in the country for an inspection and assessment of the various projects funded by the foundation.
The UAE Delegation led by Sheik Falaah Al Ahbaabi Abu Sultan, the head of Al Khalifa Foundation in charge of humanitarian projects in Africa was received by Minster of Water Resource Hon Hussein Ahmed Abdulle and other government officials.
The Minister of Water Resources said, “The representatives of UAE Khaliifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation are currently in the country visiting and inspecting the Humbowaayne water supply project which upon completion will ease the water scarcity in the city of Hargeisa and various projects funded by the foundation.
“The visiting UAE delegation will on Sunday will visit Humbowaayne to launch the second phase of the project which will be in form the construction of booster stations and water storage and the extra pipelines required this in additional to previously completed 10 boreholes drilled and equipped in the Humbowaayne Basin approximately 30 km NE of Hargeisa City”, he said.
The Minister of Water Resources ,“On successful completion of phase II of this alternative water supply project which includes the installation of new pipelines, booster stations and water storage will be constructed, the city of Hargeisa will see an additional 6,000 cum (at least) of water to the Hargeisa City Water Supply system.
This additional water will be targeted at the areas of Hargeisa currently not receiving water. Further the additional water will see an increase of household connections and a sharp reduction in water trucking to the capital through un-hygienic water tankers pumping water from contaminated shallow riverbed aquifers.
Sheik Falaah Al Ahbaabi Abu Sultan, the head of Al Khalifa Foundation in charge of humanitarian projects in Africa speaking during the press conference said, “Firstly I am happy to visit Somaliland for the Second time and I would like to reiterate that new project is intended to alleviate problems of the water shortage in the city by supplying enough clean water to all the sectors of the town including to those without the water connections now