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Iraq wastes 50% of water

UNICEF claims water wastage is due to inefficient infrastructure

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50 per cent of Iraq's water is wasted due to poor infrastructure. (Getty Images)
50 per cent of Iraq's water is wasted due to poor infrastructure. (Getty Images)

Up to half of water resources in Iraq are wasted through poor infrastructure, the United Nations has said.

“Iraq faces difficulties in meeting the target of 91 per cent of households using a safe drinking water supply by 2015,” the UNICEF children’s fund said in a statement.

“Iraq’s average water production level per person, at 327 litres per capita per day, is considered high by international standards, but around half of that water is lost to seepage, leakage and wastage due to system inefficiencies.” the statement continued.

One in five, or around six million Iraqis, does not have access to safe water, and water-borne diseases are widespread due to polluted drinking water supplies.
 

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