Water, water everywhere…yet not a drop to drink.

Cliché, I know. But it’s so true. There are fountains on every corner of Rudaki Ave. Huge, imposing, hundreds of litres a minute fountains.  They’re beautiful, they really are and they also serve as a cooling mechanism.  Perhaps most importantly, they play such a vital role to bring the community together in the public parks.  But Rudaki Ave. is one of the few places in Dushanbe where there is running water.  Relative well-paid civil servants, living even just a block away from the prestigious presidential palace are left without running water, and have to pay a monthly fee to use a neighbourhood pump.  A local colleague of mine has expressed her desire to throw soap into the fountains!

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