How to tap the water in Kyrgyzistan
Kyrgystan has long been known as one of the most water-hungry countries in the world, but a new study has found that the country’s population has become so dependent on water that drinking it can become a luxury.
The researchers, who surveyed more than 5,000 households in the country, found that most households use at least two taps to get their water.
“There’s a very high reliance on water, and people really do need to know how to tap their tap to have the right level of protection,” says study author Zainab Khorutskaya.
“For people who have no water, tap water is just not as important as the other things.”
Water scarcity has long dogged Kyrgyzanistan, with a population of about 30 million that has experienced years of drought.
In 2015, a major drought caused a huge drop in water usage in the Kyrgystian capital, and the country was unable to replenish the water it used, forcing it to turn to other sources for its water.
As a result, the country has had to import water from neighboring countries, including Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
In the early 2000s, Kyrgyans were able to tap water in a nearby reservoir that provided the majority of the countrys water.
But those taps were old and unreliable.
In 2017, the Kyrgies tried another method of getting their water, one that uses a system of pipes and valves that allow it to tap through pipes to local wells.
According to Khorutsekaya, many of these taps still rely on older, non-compliant equipment.
“They are very, very old,” she says.
“And it’s very expensive.”
As a consequence, Kyrgys are now forced to rely on water from nearby wells.
“I would say that the majority [of households] are using water from the local wells, but there are some that are using the tap water from their own wells,” she adds.
While the majority use water from a local reservoir, many use it from nearby, state-run wells.
As of this week, Kyrghies were able at least to tap from one well, located in the town of Kadyrov, and to tap to another, located on the outskirts of the capital, Bishkek.
According a report in The Wall Street Journal, some people are also using tap water for other purposes, including washing their cars and to use for laundry.
Khorudsekya says that it’s important for people to know what’s in their tap water.
She points out that tap water does not contain chlorine, a disinfectant used in many domestic products.
The water can also contain lead and other heavy metals, and there are also concerns that the tap tap water could contain harmful bacteria.
According the report, the lack of adequate drinking water is a serious health problem for Kyrgyzhans, and many Kyrgysts are now considering moving away from the country altogether.