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Thames Water helps restore quality to Baghdad

THAMES WATER engineers are preparing to boost water quality in Baghdad by improving sewers and installing a new treatment plant.

The plans to improve the Iraqi capital's water and sanitation system follow a visit in August to Baghdad.

Recent conflict and decades of neglect has left the network with broken or damaged pumping stations, powerless treatment plants and collapsed sewers.

'Although Iraq is blessed with a strong fundamental engineering skills base, technology is at least 12 years out of date, ' said UNICEF co-ordinator for water and sanitation of Iraq, Paul Sherlock. 'But by working with Thames Water we can now offer cutting edge technology to the local engineers'.

Work is expected to include modular treatment plants and ground probing radar (GPR).

Thames Water is able to provide a 'bolt on' water treatment plant that can treat water abstracted from the heavily polluted rivers. This will also increase capacity, which is low because of power shortages and looting of pump stations.

Sewers are often blocked because they have collapsed or pumping stations have failed. Raw sewage is spilling into streets and running untreated into watercourses.

'Much of the sewer network runs beneath buildings and is difficult to assess, so Thames Water is being consulted about supplying GPR expertise, ' said Sherlock.

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