10 Ways USAID is Addressing Water Scarcity in Iraq

10 Ways USAID is Addressing Water Scarcity in Iraq
Abdi Ali, a farmer in Ninewa, proudly shows off a recently harvested pepper. USAID equipped Ali’s farm with a solar panel to pump water from his well, which helped him better irrigate his crops. Photo Credit: ICRI Ta’afi for USAID.

In Iraq, rising temperatures, reduced rainfall, and dropping water levels are all increasing the risk of drought and desertification. Growing water scarcity across the country threatens the health and livelihoods of at least seven million Iraqis. As water resources dry up, so too do the chances of long-term stability and prosperity.

Despite this harsh reality, hope remains where there is action. From rehabilitating wells and water treatment facilities to upgrading water networks to improve efficiency and increase water loss. Read the full article in Global Waters Stories on Medium to learn how USAID is helping to address water scarcity across Iraq.

By Clara McLinden, Senior Development Outreach and Communications Specialist for USAID in Iraq.

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