The Government of Balochistan then collaborated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide remote villages of Noshki access to clean drinking water through solar-powered RO (Reverse Osmosis) plants. UNDP installed these solar-powered RO plants in village Killi Sardar Abdul Samad to provide access to clean drinking water to residents.
"For the first time, we were able to taste clear water. Before the installation of the RO plant, we could only associate a very bitter taste with water. Diarrhoea in young children and lung diseases amongst the elderly became increasingly common. Water-borne diseases became a common cause of death amongst the locals. Pregnant mothers began losing their unborn children as a result of poor health conditions caused by unclean drinking water, and hepatitis was rampant in the area. The nearest hospital was at least 40 kilometres away in Noshki district, and even if those in need of treatment did manage to get to the hospital in time, most locals could not afford the hospital fees," said Abdul Majeed.
"Now that we have clean drinking water available, children have become safe from water-borne diseases. The local population’s health and their general well-being has also improved significantly," he added.
With an RO plant set up in village Killi Sardar Abdul Samad, women and children from surrounding villages also travel to the village to get water for their families.