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101st Engineers Work to Complete Mosul Sewage System

Special to American Forces Press Service

MOSUL, Oct. 2, 2003 – More than $2.25 million Coalition Provisional Authority dollars are being invested in Mosul city sewage projects, with nearly every dollar spent on the project going toward replacing outdated and broken equipment.

The project will lay the foundation in rebuilding a sewage system that currently serves only 40,000 of Mosul's 1.8 million citizens -- less than 2 percent of Iraq's second- largest city -- coalition officials said.

The Bechtel Corporation and the U. S. Agency for International Development have teamed up with 926th Engineering Group soldiers to jump-start a project that officials said likely will take several years.

Only four sewage treatment plants serve the Mosul area, and often raw sewage flows into the Tigris River untreated, according to Capt. Scott MacDonald of Peach Street City, Ga., 926th Engineers.

"It's obviously a health problem," he said. "They don't have a sewage system like we have."

MacDonald introduced the project during the 101st Airborne Division's weekly press conference Oct. 2, alongside Brig. Gen. Frank Helmick, 101st Airborne Division assistant division commander (operations), and Governor Ghanim al-Basso of the Ninevah province.

(Courtesy of the 101st Airborne Division.)

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