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Guinea: Clean drinking water for the inhabitants of Pita

13-09-2013 News Release 13/150

Conakry (ICRC) – The 30,000 inhabitants of the city of Pita, Middle Guinea, now have better access to clean drinking water thanks to two boreholes drilled by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in cooperation with Guinea's water board.

"Until now, taps were running only once a week, and the people here had to travel long distances to get water," said Mouctar Barry, an ICRC engineer. "After eight months' work, the water board's production capacity has more than tripled, rising from 35 to 110 cubic metres per hour. Running water is now available every other day."

The ICRC has been working in Guinea without interruption since 2001. It cooperates closely with the Red Cross Society of Guinea and strives to protect people adversely affected by situations of violence. It visits detainees, advises prison authorities and promotes international humanitarian law. In cooperation with the country's water board, it has completed several projects aiming to improve the supply of clean drinking water.

For further information, please contact:
Alyona Synenko, ICRC Conakry, tel: +224 628 40 88 37
Wolde-Gabriel Saugeron, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 31 49 or +41 79 244 64 05