Water plant opened in Iraq amid electricity shortage

The Sadr City water treatment plant, with 10 filters that can each clean 400 cubic metres of water an hour, was begun in July 2005.

Water plant opened in Iraq amid electricity shortage

Iraqi and U.S. officials opened a water treatment plant in Baghdad's Sadr City slum on Wednesday three and a half years after they began it, a sign that the area is finally quiet enough for long-promised reconstruction work.

The $65 million plant provides water for 200,000 people -- just a tenth of the population of the vast slum on Baghdad's eastern outskirts where the need is most desperate for repairs to infrastructure wrecked by decades of war and sanctions.

The Sadr City water treatment plant, with 10 filters that can each clean 400 cubic metres of water an hour, was begun in July 2005 but brought on line just at the end of last year.

Iraqis still have electricity for only a few hours a day, and much of the country has inadequate clean water and sewage services.

The eastern half of Baghdad suffers from severe water shortages, especially in summer, including sadr City which grew rapidly over the last few decades of Saddam Hussein's rule to house some 2 million poor Shi'ites displaced from the south.

Reuters

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