New Facility Provide Irrigation And Drinking Water For RegionN
The community near Patrol Base Copper has received a new support to help them obtain clean water to drink and to irrigate their fields from the coalition. The soldiers from Patrol Base Copper worked together with citizens to establish clean water by providing clean water pumps to sheikhs and a number of water filters as well to the site located about 30 kilometers to the south of Baghdad. The pumps will be used to push water to irrigate crops and the number of filters will make the water safe to drink for human consumption.
“We are very happy and thankful for the assistance that the United States Soldiers are providing for us,” said Sheik Nahid who is the head of the local Gourani village tribe. “We are now able to farm again, we have been without water and unable to farm or provide for ourselves for a long time,” said Sheik Nahid. The members of Coalition Civil Affairs Team 530 worked closely with 502nd Infantry, 2nd battalion troops to establish the clean drinking water.
The water comes from a local canal, but with the pumps and the filters it can be used to irrigate and grow crops, as well as providing a source of drinking water for the local villagers. This is seen as an important step to helping the area become self sufficient again.