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The ‘Leak Detection’ project lasted 6 months and tackled the lack of local knowledge of leak detection equipment. It was implemented through consistent field-training of ten local technicians and engineers from the Directorate of Water (DoW) and four ACF experts in water and sanitation. Following training, four leak detection devices were granted to the DoW. These leak detection devices are used to hear the acoustic vibrations of the water flow which help locate precisely leakages and facilitate network repairs. This innovative methodology employed by DoW with support from ACF and Aquassistance allowed to identify and rehabilitate 59 leakages in four neighbourhoods of Malta, Grebase, Nizare and Baroshke.
Graduated in 2008 from Dohuk University, Mevan Ahmed Haji has been working since as water resource engineer. Now he runs one of the four maintenance departments in Malta neighborhood and took part in ACF and Aquassistance training on leak detection.
“Before we dealt only with visible leakages and could spent up to 3 hours trying to find its exact location. Now, thanks to the training and new equipment, we can fix it within one hour and expand the coverage of our interventions in the district. I am sure that all over Iraq we still use old practices and outdated equipment. Such projects would definitely help local technicians and engineers to improve detection interventions and repair leakages faster”.
In Iraq, an estimated 8.7 million people remain in need of humanitarian or protection assistance, especially among the internally displaced persons, hosting communities, returnees, and Syrian refugees. As water levels are decreasing at unprecedented rate all over the country, it could result in further displacement of the population creating more needs in terms of access to safe water and sanitation. For Action Against Hunger, there is an urgent need to support and to empower local authorities through implementation of innovative leak detection techniques in other cities in Iraq.
Action Against Hunger restarted activities in Iraq in 2013, with continued support of Syrian refugees, internally displaced people and hosting communities. Our teams favour a multisectoral approach, combining all our fields of expertise such as Health and Nutrition, Water and Sanitation, Food Security and Mental Health. Access to water and sanitation are recognized by the United Nations as human rights. Help us to make it real.
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