The Red Cross today announced it will transition its water supply efforts to DINEPA, the Haitian government’s water authority. The Haitian Red Cross, supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) and the American Red Cross, has finalised an agreement with the National Directorate for Water and Sanitation of the Republic of Haiti – Direction Nationale de l’Eau Potable et de l’Assainissement (DINEPA), the Government water and sanitation agency to transition the provision of water supply, back to the authorities.
As part of the multi-million dollar agreement the Red Cross will provide technical, material and financial support to increase DINEPA’s capacity to provide improved water and sanitation services to the population, mainly within Port-au-Prince.
“The Red Cross has been distributing close to 2 million liters of safe drinking water every day during the ongoing emergency phase in Haiti” said Omar Robinson, water and sanitation coordinator for IFRC. “But to support Haitian economic recovery, it is vital that we transition these services back to the authorities and we are committed to working closely with DINEPA over the upcoming months to help build their capacity.”
Currently, in Port au Prince, Red Cross trucks are providing drinking water to 54 camps reaching about 100,000 people.1 During an assessment of hundreds of people in these camps and communities, roughly 70 percent said that the free water was a real help but they can manage in the future, while over 90 percent of reservoir operators said the free water distribution poses a major problem for their business.2
“The American Red Cross is pleased to help build the capacity of the local water service provider so that it can resume serving the people of Haiti in a sustainable way especially as they transition from makeshift camps back into their pre-disaster neighborhoods,” said Ricardo Caivano, head of the American Red Cross delegation in Haiti. CONTINUE ARTICLE