IOM Iraq Special Report: Water Scarcity

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
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Since March 2011, IOM Iraq has been conducting a water scarcity assessment to measure the impact that lack of water, high salinity, and poor water quality have had on the lives of vulnerable families throughout Iraq. IOM monitors regularly consult local councils, mayors, mukhtars, and other religious and community leaders in order to ascertain indicative information such as water sources and quality, access to water, and the manner in which a lack of sufficient water affects agriculture and other water-reliant industries. In their assessment of 27,830 vulnerable families, field monitors have found that water scarcity is having a significant impact in the areas of health, livelihood, and day-to-day household management for vulnerable families throughout Iraq.