During a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 4 January 2019, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Andrej Mahecic revealed that the first five solar-powered safe water systems which UNHCR has installed in Cox’s Bazar refugee settlements are now delivering at their full capacity. These new systems improve the daily supply of safe, clean drinking water to Rohingya refugees living in crowded sites in southeastern Bangladesh.
The project, funded by UNHCR, is part of a broader shift in the humanitarian response towards the expanded use of green and non-polluting technologies.
The new safe water systems run entirely on electricity generated through solar panels. Motorised pumps draw water from newly-installed 70,000 litre chlorinated tanks. The water is then piped to collective taps strategically installed throughout the Kutupalong-Balukhali site. UNHCR’s aim is to provide 20 litres of safe and clean water to every single refugee on a daily basis.
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