Safe drinking water again for newly liberated Ninewa Plains, Iraq

May 10, 2017

Operator Raad Talal Hassan shows off a pump at the water treatment plant in Salamiyah. UNDP supported this successful project that has far reaching impact - providing clean water from Salamiyah to Hamdaniya, up to Bartella, and all the way to Bashiqa. © UNDP Iraq / Alex Potter

Baghdad—A major water treatment plant damaged in the fight against ISIL in Iraq has been repaired and is once again providing safe drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people in the Ninewa Plains, near Mosul.

Representatives of the Government of Iraq and UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) this week reopened the As-Salamiyah Water Treatment Plant in Nimrud.

The treatment plant is one of the first major stabilization projects to be completed since the Government approved 202 projects in early April.

Almost all of the plant’s equipment, including 19 water pumps, filters and retaining pools, have been replaced or rebuilt and the main electric transmission line between As-Salamiyah and Hamdaniyah has been repaired.

“When the treatment plant wasn’t working all of the water that came from the pipes, if it came at all, was filthy,” said Khalwa, a resident of As-Salamiyah. “We had to go to the river to get water, and even that was barely suitable for washing. The water is much better now. We can even drink from the taps.”

At a ceremony marking the re-opening of the water treatment plant on Sunday, Dr. Mahdi Al-Alaq, Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, said: “We are doing everything we can to help liberated areas rebuild after ISIL. Providing basic services is key to ensuring that displaced Iraqis can return home with dignity.”

Ms. Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative for Iraq, said: “The Funding Facility for Stabilization is implementing more than 300 projects in eastern Mosul and liberated cities and districts in the Ninewa Plains. We’re working as quickly as possible to re-establish water and sewage systems and electrical grids. Thousands of people, many from destitute families, are working on public schemes, earning income while they help to rebuild their communities.”

Ms. Grande said, “A lot needs to be done and we’ve promised the government and the people of Mosul that we will do everything possible to speed-up stabilization.”

Established in June 2015, FFS is working in newly liberated areas in Anbar, Salah al-Din, Ninewa and Diyala Governorates. More than 800 projects are completed or being implemented across 22 locations. Since the start of the crisis, over 1.7 million people have returned to their homes

Contact Information:

Lindsay Mackenzie in Iraq at lindsay.mackenzie@undp.org or +964 (751) 135 3085.

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