South Sudan: ICRC installs water infrastructure, water tanks

The ICRC launched a project in September to strengthen the existing water distribution network, including water tanks for storage, in Yusuf Batil refugee camp, one of four camps in Maban county, close to the Sudanese border, and the worst hit by water shortages.
ICRC installs water tanks, water infrastructure at Yusif Batil refugee campSome 37,000 people have found refuge in Yusuf Batil. The ICRC is installing piping, water storage tanks, tank stands, taps and pumps, especially on the camp’s peripheries where water is least available.

“People are not getting enough clean water in the camp. Hygiene suffers as a result and this has contributed to the spread of diseases such as diarrhoea,” said Adrian Zimmermann, who is in charge of ICRC assistance programmes in South Sudan. “Together with other humanitarian organizations we are working to increase water supply and we are also putting tap stands closer to communities to stop people having to walk so far for water.”

In Jamam refugee camp, also in Maban county, the ICRC has now completed installing a 15-kilometre water distribution pipeline to help maintain a regular supply to the refugees there. Jamam is a natural transit point for the flow of newly arrived refugees, which has largely subsided since the last major influx in May and June. “Those strong enough to have made the journey from Sudan in recent weeks and months waded through waste-high muddy water to get there,” explained Mr Zimmermann. “However, now the dry season is upon us, it will be easier for people to move. There is a real possibility more refugees reach the camps.”

In all four refugee camps in Maban country, jerrycans, buckets, soap and washing basins were also provided in an effort to improve hygiene practices. “We are trying to ensure that families collect and store water safely,” said Mr Zimmermann.

In addition, the ICRC has distributed household items to the most needy families in the four camps. A total of 80,000 refugees received additional clothing, tarpaulin, blankets, mosquito nets and sleeping mats to protect against the elements and help prevent malaria and respiratory infections.

Source: Scoop Abbrev. (ICRC Press Release)

Aid organisations such as the ICRC prevent millions of people dying unnecessary deaths throughout the world.  South Sudan’s water shortages are exacerbated where high concentrations of people, such as in the refugee camps, struggle to obtain enough water to survive.  It is ironic that in many similar situations, there is an abundance or rainfall but no means to collect, store and purify the water for consumption.  Rain water tanks filled by simple rainwater collection improvisations could add valuable quantities of potable water to the supply.

JoJo Tanks South Africa offer a wide range of plastic water tanks and chemical tanks to suit every household, business or agricultural need, including silo tanks and silo tank stands.  See JoJo Tanks VERTICAL TANKS, HORIZONTAL TANKS (transporter tanks), STEEL TANK STANDS and OTHER JOJO PRODUCTS. Also see JoJo Tanks’ NEW 6000 LITRE UNDERGROUND TANKS. Also see our FAQ and WATER TANK PRICES.

JoJo’s superior polyethylene plastic water tanks and steel water tank stands make JoJo Tanks the leaders in plastic water tank technology and the quality, affordability and guarantee on these water tanks make JoJo products the best choice in South Africa.  JoJo’s water tanks and chemical tanks come standard with a number of features that are often lacking on cheaper/inferior plastic tanks made by other companies in South Africa.

We are authorised JoJo Tanks dealers in South Africa and dispatch orders directly from JoJo Tank depots to save on transport costs. Full range of JoJo Tanks products and JoJo water tanks for sale.  CONTACT US for a quote on the right JoJo water tank or other JoJo product for you.  Special discounts are available on multiple orders of chemical tanks and water tanks and to our commercial and government customers.


(15000 litre and 20000 litre JoJo vertical water tanks also available on order)

Live in the USA and need rainwater harvesting equipment?  Click HERE!


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,