For wild birds, livestock and agriculture
Villagers in Qaradagh set up water harvesting site
QARADAGH, January 31 – In an effort to address water scarcity, residents of several villages in Qaradagh district have set aside a large area in Tekiye for water harvesting. This area, covering several acres, is intended for use by livestock, wild birds, agriculture, and other needs.
Sheikh Rauf Kamal, the district commissioner of Qaradagh, told 964media that villagers from different areas have dedicated about ten days, using their own equipment and funds, to establish this site.
Kamal said, “The site they’ve created is meant for animals, birds, and agricultural purposes. We support such initiatives that help in conserving rainwater.”
He noted that Qaradagh has been relatively less affected by drought compared to other regions in the Kurdistan Region, owing to the presence of natural water sources in some of its villages.
The district is home to several dams and water ponds, including those built by the government like Astil and Dewana dams. Many water ponds, however, have been constructed by the villagers themselves.
The district commissioner revealed that there are plans, in collaboration with the Sulaymaniyah Water Directorate, to construct water collection sites in several villages of the district, such as Tafan, Serko, Belakjar, among others.