In July 2010, the monsoon rains caused severe floods in the mountain villages of Northern Pakistan and destroyed much of the infrastructure. Borouge and polyethylene (PE) pipe producer Sun International supported Pakistan NGO Health Education Environment and Development Association (HEED) to replace the water supply systems to four villages in the Neelum valley region.
The systems were designed using the natural fall of the mountains to bring water through polyethylene pipes to the individual houses below. Due to the damaged roads and bridges the logistics problems in transporting the pipes and equipment to site were severe and often manpower was the only solution. However, now the new systems are in place and should provide fresh water to the villagers for many years to come.
In July 2010 the monsoon rains caused the worst flooding seen in parts of Pakistan for more than 80 years. At its peak the flood water covered one fifth of the total/and area and over ten million people were displaced from their homes. When the flood water subsided and the people could return home many faced scenes of devastation especially in the mountainous regions of Northern Pakistan where the floodwater had destroyed roads and bridges and of course their water supply systems.
Borouge asked Pakistan NGO HEED to use their expertise and knowledge to develop a proposal to replace the water supply systems in a number of the worst effected villages in Northern Pakistan. They selected the villages of Mattoo, Kandol, Matteiyan and Daba in the mountainous region of the Neelum valley, which had been particularly hard hit by the disaster.