Kirkuk's Unified Water Treatment Plant refurbished
The United States Agency for International Development recently completed a $4.1 million refurbishment of the Kirkuk Unified Water Treatment Plant, benefiting over one million residents of Kirkuk City and its surroundings.
Construction of Kirkuk's Unified Water Treatment Plant started in the early 1980s, but was interrupted due to the conflicts with Iran and Kuwait. In 1993, the plant was completed and commissioned. After several years of operation, however, pipe and tank leaks began contributing to foundation and structural problems.
Prior to USAID's refurbishment project, which began in January of 2004, the plant's production was about 22 million gallons of water per day. Following a year of reengineering, the Kirkuk Water Treatment Plant is capable of delivering 95 million gallons of potable water each day. The plant will permanently employ some 100 Iraqis. Approximately one million dollars worth of operational spare parts, tools, and safety equipment used in the upgrade were transferred to the Ministry of Water upon completion.