(Xinhua) -- Mustafa Oshe, a resident of Goleba Qulito
village in Adami Tulu Judo Kombolcha locality in central
Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state, has been dreaming to get clean
water for himself, wife and his three children for years.
His dream came true on Thursday when
Chinese heavy machinery manufacturer—Xuzhou Construction
machinery Group, inaugurated 41 water cellars it financed for
the community, which are expected to serve hundreds of local
Speaking to Xinhua, Oshe said he had
to cope with the double threats of insufficient amount of water
and danger of water borne diseases in the semi-arid village for
years, but now he can make a sigh of relief.
“In the past, we got water from the
river, it is contaminated with Giardia parasites and when our
people drank the water, many of them used to have diarrhea, but
with the clean water project now it is good for the health of
our community. We appreciate the project as it will be a good
example in promoting healthiness,” said Oshe.
Oshe’s relief was echoed by Debele
Feyisa, head of Planning and Economic Development Office at
Adami Tulu Judo Kombolcha locality, who said residents had to
depend on unreliable and dangerous water sources for their
drinking and other needs.
“Many residents use the area’s
groundwater which is dangerous to health as it has too much
fluoride,” Feyisa told Xinhua.
“This locality has a minimum of 600
households, most travel a minimum of five kilometers to fetch
ground water, and this project partially solves this problem,”
he further said.
Gao Zhiqiang, Xuzhou Construction
Machinery Group’s Ethiopia Country Manager, on his part said the
water cellar projects will enhance the resilience of local
communities to face natural disasters.
“The program helps build 41 water
cellars for drought affected communities and schools, tackling
the challenge of safe, potable water faced by hundreds of
villagers and students, and boosting their ability to resist
natural disasters,” he said.
Gao pledged the water cellar project
will be expanded to other parts of Ethiopia and called upon
other companies to join in the project.
“The water project can be promoted to
other places, we are hoping more companies can join in such
projects like we did, with joint efforts we can build even more
water cellars and settle the shortage of safe, potable water,”
The Chinese company has previously
inaugurated a water cellar project in Amhara regional state,
located in northern Ethiopia, in a place that like Adami Tulu
Judo Kombolcha locality is facing the double danger of water
shortage and polluted water sources.