Water supply and Sanitation for 3 towns

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As part of the HGS project, is has been proposed that the hydrogeological knowledge gathered about water resources should be used for planning water supply for three rural towns or settlement areas. Selection of potential town for inclusion in the project was initiated by the Faryab team participating in the Bridging Workshop in February 2013.

See below:

  1. Candidate towns or settlement for Water Supply Planning as to the Bridging Workshop n February 2012 by Faryab Team:
  2. Results of field observations, information gathering and discussions during visit to Faryab in April




Below: Candidate towns or settlement for Water Supply Planning as to the Bridging Workshop n February 2012 by Faryab Team:

Three towns in Faryab.

In the terms of reference is it proposed that 3 towns with less that 5000 inhabitants should be identifies for potential planning of rural water supply and sanitation activities.

Further criteria:

- towns where it is possible to use the hydro geological data and ground water is likely to be identified and developed.
- identify one town in a area where ground water salinity may be a problem.

Once towns have been identified the following should be planned:

- survey towns
- prepare conceptual design
-prepare preliminary design for rural water supply and sanitation facilities

Important information: The project does not have funding for construction of water facilities. The consultant is tasked to seek financial mechanisms for the project.

During the bridging workshop representatives from Faryab were asked to identify possible priority towns for planning and development.


The team from Faryab visiting Kabul for the bridging workshop. Here in the NORPLAN Office in the RuWatSIP building, MRRD.

From left, Dir. PRRD Faryab, Anaglyph Merat , Sen Adviser to Governor Abdul Jalil Awar, Team leader NORPLAN Dr. Stoveland, Water Engineer Ingrosser, Water eng. Balanic

The team proposed the possible villages to be included as outlined on the map below. The villages Damqul, Astana Baba, and Surkhab. In addition the team proposed one unspecified village in Qayser.

During discussions in the bridging workshop, one hydro geologist proposed that he though one borehole should be sunk to explore if sweet water could be found. That is why Andhoi is included. In general it is well known that that area has mainly salty ground water.



Damqul Village

The village is near Maymane city but outside the city. This village is in need of water supply.

The source of water supply needs to be surveyed and investigated. It is possible that an expected water aquifer near the airport can be tapped.

The hydro geologists needs to to look at possible solutions together with the water engineers before know how to proceed.

see photos from Village taken in April


Astana Baba Village

The village is on the side of Shirin Tagab valley.

Further field investigation is needed, but it seems likely that there are ground water resources in the valley floor. Needs to be further explored.

Surhab Village

A village where field investigations are likely to be needed.



Results of field observations, information gathering and discussions during visit to Faryab in April 2013


Proposed area: Damqul

See photos from Damqul


Damqul was visited by MRRD, NORPLAN and DACAAR team and the conclusion was that these area appears suitable for inclusion for further investigation and planning


Proposed area: Surhab


It was learnt during the visit that NCA had made provisional plans to prepare a development project for the same village which would also cover water supplies using desalination plants. It was therefore concluded that this village was unlikely to be included in the HGS project since it would already be covered. In order to resolve if the PDC proposed village was the same as planned for by NCA, DACAAR should sent a field officer to the village and make observations and collect information and coordinates so at to resolve if the area was covered fully by NCA or not.


Proposed area: Astana Baba


There was no further discussion about the location of this Village, but according to DACAAR hydro geologist, Hassan, it would be highly unlikely to find potable water there. Also there it seems to be some discussion as to the exact location of the village. This needs to be resolved. It may be that an alternative village should be prioritised for inclusion in the project if Astana Baba village location Hassan referred to required large investment to provide potable drinking water to that area.


Possible sources for "sweet water" in Andhoi area

NCA confirmed that there were two boreholes which appear to have potable water in Andhoi area where most ground water is saline. If this is correct, further exploratory drilling could be planned in the area to exploit this water resource further. It was agreed that NCA would collect water samples with sampling containers provided by DACAAR and which DACAAR would take to Kabul for analysis.