Clean water for Submaidane

Together with Bankwatch Romania we launched  the ”Clean water for Submaidane” campaign, whose aim is to help a community in the Gorj county, Romania, affected by the environmental accident which happened in December 2013, at one of the biggest coal power plants in Romania, based in Turceni city.

One year ago, a few days before Christmas, a pipe broke from an ash pond, which lead to a massive spill of water and ash. The spill flooded an entire neighborhood near the Turceni coal power plant. Houses, water wells, crops, orchards and vineyards have been covered by a thick layer of slag, water and ash, higher than 1.5 meters on some areas. Residents from the Submaidane neighborhood were left without drinking water, wells were flooded and contaminated, posing a high risk of disease. Official operations to clean up the area are  slow and the authorities did not provide any solution to supply the people with clean water.

The campaign objective

Our aim is to equip 10 households in Submaidane with water filtration devices. One of these filters is already installed and running with good results in terms of water quality, but we also have to buy 9 more. For buying these equipments we need 3.000 EUR, and we want to do that until December 12th, so that the families would have clean, drinking water before Christmas. Any kind of help is welcome in our efforts to offer clean drinking water for the community from Submaidane. 

Photo credit: Mihai Stoica