Joint Effort From Iraq And Coalition Forces
There has been a continued shortage of clean water for different areas in Iraq. As the security has gotten better, the need for clean drinking water has become the priority
Recently the 101st Airborne, 3rd BCT and Iraqi troops worked together to restore the Mushad Water plant to operating condition. Buildings were restored, landscaping completed, and two different 5,000 gallon fuel tanks were installed, which can power the facility for up to six months.
Much of the actual work was completed by Iraqi contractors, which were supervised by the soldiers. The contractors met with soldiers, and their progress was monitored each step of the way as the project was competed.
The Iraqi commander, Colonel Muhammad cut the ribbon at the ceremony to open the facility. The restoration took about five weeks to complete, and was paid for by Coalition funds from the Commander’s Emergency program response funding.
The buildings will also be a source of office space to benefit the South Baghdad Water Department, an engineer from that program will be able to operate at the plant. The engineer will have the benefit to live on site with his family, in another building constructed during the renovation.
Captain Gary Goodman said: “The water here at the new facility was tested, and it is actually in better water condition here than is found in Baghdad.”
The new facility will serve over 60,000 Iraqi citizens. Future expansion at the facility may allow for 250,000 or more people being served.