The sewage system in Fallujah, a city about 60 km west of Baghad, is still not working. Fallujah’s residents depend on underground septic tanks that are leaking waste onto their streets from where it eventually goes to the Euphrates, a main source of drink water for Fallujah as well as for other downstream cities.
As a result many people have been affected by diarrhoea, tuberculosis, typhoid and other communicable diseases, affirmed Abdul-Sattar Kadhum al-Nawaf, director of the Fallujah general hospital. He said, “I not have specific numbers, but 10-15 percent of patients at the hospital had water or sewage-related diseases”.
After the invasion to IRAK the US started to build a sewage treatment plant that now after withdraw of the American forces will be handed over to a local contractor. The US has promised to provide the necessary funding for its completion but the fact is that since 2004 until 2010 not a single house is connected to the system, according to IRIN.
Sheikh Hameed al-Alwan, head of Fallujah local council said that even if the handing over were successful “unfortunately the plant will work only partially as its backbone, which is the main pipeline that sends all the waste to the main processing unit, will not be constructed because of the lack of funds.”
Other experts affirm that the Fallujah plant is only one of many others abandoned around the country.
related news: U.S. Army Engineers Bring Sewage System to Fallujah, Iraq, American.gov, 13 August 2009.
Source: IRIN, 14 July 2010