U.S. Unveils New State-of-the-Art Water System in Afar

Serdo, Afar Region – The United States aid agency has unveiled a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis water system in the community of Serdo, located in northeastern Ethiopia.

U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor and Afar Regional State President Awol Arba jointly inaugurated the new water system, which will provide the first-ever sustainable source of safe drinking water for more than 2,000 people in the area.

The US government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), partnered with DuPont Water Solutions and the Afar Regional State government to install the reverse osmosis water system featuring a standalone cooling tower—the first of its kind in Afar.

The facility is designed to safely treat salinity, filter out impurities and harmful bacteria, and reduce the high temperature of the local groundwater making it safe to drink.

“These efforts are just one part of the United States’ much larger investment in providing Ethiopians throughout their country with greater opportunities to prosper in life, including our major programs to support health, education, and livelihoods,” said Michael Raynor, U.S. Ambassador.

Over the past several years, the USAID Lowland WASH Activity has built 25 community water supply systems and rehabilitated an additional 91 water systems.

These systems have provided access to safe drinking water for more than 200,000 Ethiopians in areas of the country where water is scarce, according to the US embassy.

Under a unique partnership, DuPont provided funding for supplies and installation of reverse osmosis and water-cooling equipment for the Serdo-facility and will promote the use of similar innovations in other parts of Ethiopia.

The United States is the largest bilateral donor in Ethiopia. Over the past five years, it has provided approximately $4 billion in development and humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia.

Photo Caption: Water Development Commissioner Dr. Beshah Mogesse from the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor, President of Afar Regional State Awel Arba, and Regional Commercial Manager of DuPont Water Solutions Antoinette Du Randt inaugurated a new state-of-the-art reverse osmosis water system that will provide the first-ever sustainable source of safe drinking water for more than 2,000 people living in the Serdo community .