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Monday, September 04, 2006

Jurn Well Complete

Written by Sgt. Dennis Gravelle, 138th MPAD
Posted on 08.28.2006 at 01:31pm


by Sgt. Dennis Gravelle
138th MPAD

JURN, Iraq -- Helping the Iraqi people rebuild an infrastructure devastated from years of neglect, is the job that Civil Affairs have in Iraq.

Restoring essential services and helping the Iraqi people get their basic needs without having to rely on the coalition is a main goal. Providing clean, accessible water is another step towards sanitary and stable living for the Iraqi people.

On Aug. 22, the Jurn, Iraq, village water well was opened so residents in the small village could have clean water to drink and help curb water related illnesses.

With the intense heat of summer in Iraq, clean drinking water is more important than ever. Several of these small villages in Iraq have an overwhelming number of non-functional wells.

It is important that Coalition Forces support the local economy, ensuring that essential services such as water are available for humanitarian purposes.

Money to complete this project came from the Commanders Emergency Relief Fund and it helps local villages in the Ninevah Province, northern Iraq rebuild after years of neglect.

“CERP is a sub category under a funding called Iraqi Reconstruction & Relief Effort,” said Lisa Lawson, project engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, gulf region north. “This is what Congress authorized to help restore Iraq.” Lawson is from Tulsa, Okla.

The next phase of the Jurn well will be the addition of a reverse osmosis filter. One reverse osmosis well is currently in operation in the village of Bishmana. The well will improve the quality of the water to an even higher level. It is a long term solution to a problem that has plagued the area for years.

Reverse osmosis systems can often improve the quality of water. This water treatment method has been used extensively to convert brackish or seawater to drinking water, and to clean up wastewater.

Reverse osmosis treatment reduces the concentration of dissolved solids, including a variety of ions and metals and very fine suspended particles such as asbestos; that may be found in water. It is an effective method of reducing the concentration of total dissolved solids and many impurities found in water.

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