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Public Works in Southern Iraq

by Del McMullen / May 6, 2004 12:47 AM PDT

Stuff you will never see in the main stream media, probably because no one is getting shot, and it doesn't do much to make President Bush look bad.


Sent: 05 May, 2004 11:42 AM
Subject: Recent press releases from CPA South

PR112: Major project to clean up sewage pipes in Basra

Up to 50km of sewage pipes and open channels will be cleaned as part of a $1.2m project to improve the sewerage network in Basra.

Three contracts have been awarded to local Iraqi companies to remove all the silt, sewerage and other material which is currently blocking sewage pipes in the city. The waste will be removed from the pipes and dried before it is taken to an approved dumping site.

Work is due to begin shortly and is expected to be completed by early June. Two of the contracts have been awarded under the Emergency Infrastructure Programme, and the third is being funded by the Development Fund for Iraq.

A spokesperson for CPA South Utilities team said: ?In Basra, we estimate that only one-third of the population has access to a piped sewerage system. The rest of the city is served by septic tanks. The problem is that the majority of pipes and canals are blocked, which prevents the flow of sewage and leads to flooding, which is a major health hazard.

?Earlier this year, CPA South handed over three ?super-vacuum? trucks to the people to start clearing the city?s main sewage transmission pipes which are around 1.8m, or 6 feet wide and transfer sewage to the city?s treatment works. Three British manufactured JCB excavators have also been delivered to clear canals and drainage ditches.

?The sewerage system, like so much of Iraq?s infrastructure, has suffered from years of neglect and under-investment which will take many years to repair. CPA South is working closely with Basrah Sewerage Authority to identify what needs to be done urgently to improve the sewerage network. Access to an efficient and functioning water and sewerage network is a basic requirement for everyone and a vital element in creating a healthy community.?



PR113: Telephone wire contract to employ over 500 people

Over 500 people are to be employed to repair damaged overhead telephone wires in the four southern provinces of Iraq.

Work has already started on the CPA South-funded $1.2m project, which will be carried out by local Iraqi contractors under the supervision of the Iraqi Telephone Postal Company (ITPC). It is expected that the scheme will be completed by June.

In the South, the number of landline telephone subscribers is much larger than the number of lines available. Once this scheme is complete, the number of people with access to landlines will increase.

CPA South Telecommunications Adviser James Sharp said: ?Existing landline wires in Al Basrah, Maysan, Al Muthanna and Dhi Qar are in very bad condition because of years of neglect and under-investment.

?This project will refurbish existing overhead wires and renew faulty ones. We also intend to install new wires for new subscribers, but we will only be able to do this in areas where there are existing wires. ITPC will also modernise all their local telephone records so they have accurate details of all current telephone users.

?Once completed, people with landlines will have a much more substantial and reliable connection to the network. Access to a dependable telecommunications system is not a luxury, it means that people will be able to contact the emergency services and stay in touch with friends and family.?



PR114: Modern, fast communications system for Iraqi emergency services

Iraqi Police, Ambulance and Fire Services, together with the Border Police, will receive a modern and fast communications system, when emergency services equipment is installed in call centres throughout southern Iraq. The call centres will enable the emergency services to respond to calls from the public, and are part of a $0.45m contract funded by CPA South.

The new high-technology equipment is expected to be in place by June.

The call centres will be staffed 24 hours per day, seven days a week: 20 operators and supervisors will be employed in al-Basrah province, and 10 staff in each of the other provincial offices. Operators will answer calls made to the new emergency telephone numbers introduced in the south last month.

CPA South Telecommunications Specialist, James Sharp said: ?This specialist equipment will ensure the smooth running of emergency call centres. When someone makes an emergency call using one of the new numbers, the new equipment will identify the caller?s telephone number, whether it is a landline or mobile number.

?The calls will be recorded, so the operators can play them back and make sure they get all the information correct. The operators will also keep proper records of all the calls received. Once a call has been received, operators will check which fire or police station is closest to the caller?s address, and contact the emergency service required.

?We have worked very closely with Strathclyde Police in Glasgow, Scotland, to find the best system for Iraq. Their knowledge and expertise has been extremely helpful. I believe this new equipment will create a highly efficient and modern emergency services response centre for the people in southern Iraq.?



PR115: RO plants handed over in Basra

Six Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants which will provide fresh and affordable drinking water for the citizens of Basra, were handed over to the city?s Water Directorate today.

Regional Co-ordinator for CPA South, Patrick Nixon, officially handed over the RO plants to Mr Sitar, Director-General of Basrah Water Directorate at Abu Al Kasib today (27 April).

CPA South provided $1.5m funding for the installation of the units, with the work carried out by the combined efforts of the Royal Engineers, New Zealand Army Engineers, local contractors and the Basrah Water Directorate.

Water will be delivered from the plants through 64 distribution centres. Thirteen distribution centres are already completed and working in Al Tanummah, providing water for up to 90,000 people in the area. Other RO plants will be located in Al Jubaylah, Hartha, Qurna and also in Nasiryah and Samawah.

CPA South, Regional Co-ordinator, Patrick Nixon said: ?The successful completion of this RO plant is the result of the close working relationship between Basrah Water Directorate, CPA South, 35 New Zealand Army Engineers, Iraqi contractors and many others.

?The RO units will produce inexpensive and high-quality drinking water through distribution centres within walking distance for thousands of local citizens.?

The refurbished RO units were donated by Kuwait to the people of Iraq at the end of 2003. The locations for all the RO plants were selected to ensure access to a suitable water supply and in areas where there is a large population.



4 May 2004: REBUILDING WORK TO START AT AL-BASRAH STADIUM

The people of Basra will once again have a provincial sport stadium of an international standard with the signing of a $130,000 contract to refurbish and improve the Al-Basrah Sport Stadium in Al-Jumhuriya.

CPA South is funding the contract for the refurbishment work, which will be carried out by the Iraqi Resources Company. The project will be managed by Mr Shehab Ahmed Abdul Hussein, the Director of Youth and Sport for Basrah Province, in partnership with the CPA. Work is due to start immediately and is expected to be completed by June.

The contract includes the repair of the irrigation system, which will allow for the laying of grass on the main football pitch, as well as refurbishment to spectator seating, the children?s playgrounds, the basketball court, and changing rooms.

CPA South?s project manager, Australian Army Captain David Heatley said: ?This scheme will transform the stadium, which is in very bad condition and has suffered through many years of neglect and looting. It will cater for men and women, young and old and will be not be restricted for use by any political or religious influences.

?The stadium will be completely refurbished to make it an attractive, safe and functional venue for the general public where men and women of all ages and backgrounds can participate in recreational activities. It will also provide a venue of international competition standard that will attract visiting teams to tour and compete against local clubs and will help re-establish regular sporting competitions.?



4 May 2004: AL BASRAH CENTRAL LIBRARY RETURNS TO THE PEOPLE

Basra citizens will soon have access to a public library with first-class equipment to help men and women of all ages gain access to information from around the world.

The first phase of a $120,000 reconstruction project in Al Basrah Central Library in Al Ashar has now been completed. The second phase will provide books and other equipment for the building.

CPA South and Halcrow Engineering officially handed over Basrah Central Library to the Governor of Al Basrah at a ceremony at the end of last month. The first phase of work involved structural repairs to the building, which suffered extensive damage both during and after the recent conflict. The building also suffered from years of neglect.

Work on the site started in December 2003, but was delayed because some parts of the building were occupied by a political party which refused to allow reconstruction work to be carried out, and other parts by homeless families. Once the building had been vacated, the work carried out included the replacement of facilities and air conditioning systems.

A spokesman for CPA South said: ?When the library was damaged around 50,000 of the 80,000 books were destroyed, many of them of great historical significance to Iraq. The Head Librarian, together with family, staff and friends managed to save 30,000 books. These will be some of the first to return to the new library.

?The second phase of the repair project will provide the library with computers, furniture and new books. Once completed, the library will return to Basrah people and will once again become a facility for all to rediscover the joy of learning.?

Funding for this project has come from the United Kingdom?s Department for International Development (DFID), as part of a $9,400,000 programme of investment in repair and reconstruction. This work is part of CPA South?s wider role in helping to rebuild Iraqi public services in the south.

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