Since its founding “Clean Water for Every Syrian” has been a driving strategic initiative and a staple in every strategic plan cycle. For many years, access to clean water in regions of Syria has been an ongoing crisis. The UN has recently reported generally on the need to ensure all people have access to clean water and sanitation by 2030, as demand for water and water shortage both continue to increase.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres notes: “unsustainable water use, pollution and unchecked global warming are draining humanity’s lifeblood.” For Syria and surrounding regions specifically, climate change exacerbates the already short supply of water.
Civil Engineers in SAEA with a focus on water resources, discussed potential technical solutions to support access to water in places like Syria with less sophisticated infrastructure. Post-earthquake efforts identified water sanitation as a primary concern as agricultural crops and farming continue to be irrigated with sewage-polluted water. This has led many Syrian local authorities to fine and tighten the inspection of farmland. A key objective is to prevent the spread of disease through unsafe crops with little water availability to households to properly clean and prepare.