UN to provide Sulaimani Governorate with $450,000 to prevent water shortage

UN to provide Sulaimani Governorate with $450,000 to prevent water shortage
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SULAIMANI — The United Nations has plans to provide the Sulaimani Governorate with financial assistance to restore the Sulaimani-Dukan water project and prevent a possible water shortage.

The U.N. decided to provide the governorate with $450,000 U.S. dollars following appeals from Sulaimani officials, who warned that the poor condition of the waterline at the Sulaimani-Dukan water project could result in a shortage of water in the city.

Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, and Sulaimani Governor Dr. Aso Faraidun signed on Saturday (August 6) a funding agreement aiming to repair the waterline.

During a press conference held in Sulaimani, Grande said the assistance came in response to a call by the governor of Sulaimani, who said residents of the governorate could face a water shortage. 


 The head of Sulaimani Directorate of Water Distribution, Sarbast Othman said the water project is expected to be repaired within 100 days.

Sulaimani-Dukan waterlines no. 1 and no. 2 have 74 water pumps with capacity of 20,000 cubic meters of water per hour, but the waterlines capacity downs by half during summer, resulting in shortage of water in the city.

The Sulaimani-Dukan water project was expected to be reconstructed in 2013 with 31 billion Iraqi dinars, but due to a financial crisis facing the Kurdistan Region the reconstruction could not take place.