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Baghdad gets ready for water system repairs


CONSULTANTS WERE this week preparing to start work on a five month review of Baghdad's water infrastructure before developing a repair and restoration programme.

Technical mayor of the city Ibrahim Hussein has just awarded Black & Veatch a £460,00 contract to review the physical condition and adequacy of water supply infrastructure.

'It is deteriorating. The main treatment works at Al-Karkh is running at 80% efficiency and the other three works are worse.

Supply is inadequate, ' said Black & Veatch technical director Jim Wilson. 'By and large the structural parts are sound but very low quality chemicals have been used for chemical dosing and this has corroded much of the equipment.

'Trade sanctions meant that they couldn't import purified sources of alum (aluminium sulphate), so it had to be produced locally, ' he said.

Alum removes impurities in water by sticking to them, creating large particles, or flocs, that sink, leaving clean water that can be drawn off from the top of a tank.

Black & Veatch has a team of five Iraqi engineers working in Baghdad and a further 12 staff in the UK engaged on the project.

The study and rehabilitation programme are funded by the World Bank and are part of a £37.4M loan to improve quality, quantity and availability of drinking water in the city.

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