Water Distribution Site Opens In Iraq

August 6, 2008

One of the things that has been constant in Iraq is the lack of running water. Citizens in Iraq have often had to trek to community wells to obtain the water that they would need for the day. With the threat of implanted IEDs, that’s not always been the safest thing for the citizens to do.

As of August 3rd, more than 500,000 Iraqis will have purified water available to them, thanks to the joint effort of the Baghdad Water Authority, Iraqi leaders and leaders from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Multi-National Division. Once the site was opened, trucks from the Baghdad Water Authority filled their trucks, so that they could deliver the purified water to the residents. The project began late last April and it established three water distribution sites, to better serve the residents.1

For us, water is something that we take for granted. It’s nothing for us to turn on the tap and have fresh, purified water at our disposal. It’s nothing for us to allow our children to play in the water sprinkler in our backyards. We tend to get a little bit cranky if our water isn’t flowing as expected. We’ve never had to do without it.

According to “Sam,” an engineer and bilingual, bicultural advisor working with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, when the site is fully functional and operational, there will be at least 10 Baghdad Water Authority trucks, each containing 12,000 to 15,000 liters of purified water, that will be delivering to the neighborhoods on a daily basis. Initially, the site is expected to service approximately 500,000 citizens and has the potential to double that amount.2

“We are going to double our capacity for the future, and we are going to get over a million people to [receive] distributed water,” said Sam.


I’m sure that with the temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees daily in Iraq, that having fresh purified water is something that is welcomed by the citizens that the distribution plants will be serving. This is just another thing that shows the efforts that are being made to rebuild the country of Iraq and make things better for the citizens, than they were before the war began.


  1. http://www.mnf-iraq.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21643&Itemid=1 []
  2. http://www.mnf-iraq.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21643&Itemid=1 []
  3. http://www.mnf-iraq.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21643&Itemid=1 []


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