Safe Drinking Water



  • To improve access to safe drinking water for all communities.

Key focus area

  • Improving pumping systems, storage and distribution.

Main activities

  • Providing potable drinking water supplies to rural and urban communities.
  • Providing water that can be used for livestock.
  • Providing water that can be used during drilling/rehabilitation of bore wells.
  • Protecting natural spring/pools and shallow wells.

Source: FAO/Somalia plan of action 2011-2012.

Somalis are short of water

Somalia runs a rainfall deficit in all areas, some large especially where most people live (shown below).

Available renewable freshwater is only 2-4% of Oceania’s (Australia and New Zealand).

Source: Africa Water Atlas 2010 (UNEP).