Work Continues on Fallujah’s Sewage Treatment Facility
By Kendal Smith
Special to American Forces Press Service
FALLUJAH, Iraq, April 3, 2008 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Gulf
Region Division is directing an $85 million central wastewater
treatment facility for Fallujah’s estimated 200,000 residents. |
Started in May, the project is the largest in Anbar province and is 45 percent complete, officials said.
weld a hatch beside the sludge-drying beds of the sewage treatment
facility under construction in Fallujah, Iraq. U.S. Army photo
(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available.
facility is projected to be sufficient for all of Fallujah’s wastewater
treatment needs when the city integrates its own collection systems
later and through population expansion to 2025.
the work is a collection system for 27 percent of the present city
population, trunk mains for the projected 100 percent capability, pump
stations and a wastewater treatment plant processing 10.5 million
gallons daily. The Iraqi government will develop the remainder of the
The facility is a “four-train” facility – a
term that describes a complete beginning-to-end treatment system that
usually exists in parallel and complementary sets with other trains. An
operational plant of Trains 1 and 2 should come on line by the end of
August, while Trains 3 and 4 likely will be complete around October
2008, according to Peter Collins, a project manager with the Gulf
Region Central district.
Having several trains enables a
treatment facility to handle emergencies and to provide for future
expansion, he explained. Two trains are sufficient for Fallujah at its
current population, although the city is expanding faster than
anticipated due to the improved security in Anbar province, he added.
to the operation are two central pump stations that are being finished
more than 40 feet below ground level and will have a pumping capacity
of 40 million gallons daily. Fallujah’s sewage will be sent to inlet
tanks, and then directed to aerated grit and oil removal tanks, on to
aeration tanks more than 60 yards in diameter, sent to settling tanks
and, finally, to a chlorination contact chamber before release into the
“The impact on the people of Fallujah and the
environment of the Euphrates River Valley will greatly improve the
health of the citizens, particularly the infants, both within the city,
but also downstream, where the Euphrates is the primary drinking
source,” Collins said. “By the end of this summer, there will be no
wastewater in the collection-connected streets, and children will be
able to play safely outside.
“This represents a monumental
step forward for all Al Anbar province,” he continued, “and that is a
great motivating factor for those of us bringing this project on line.”
Trains 1 and 2 are at the early stage of electro-mechanical
work, pending delivery of the major electro-mechanical plant. Trains 3
and 4 are at the first stage of civil works. Earth fills for the two
huge aeration tanks and four final settling tanks are in process,
Apart from a 450-member Iraqi work force, the
project has 35 Iraqi engineers visiting the various project sites
daily, checking on the quality of the ongoing construction and
encouraging worker safety. GRD officials said they meet regularly with
the various construction firms on 13 separate contracts, as well as
with city and Iraqi ministry officials to ensure issues are worked out
and the project continues to completion.
A resident Iraqi
safety engineer is expected at Camp Fallujah soon. The addition of two
safety engineers into the Fallujah quality-assurance team will then
give the project a defined safety structure, officials said. Project
supervisors can raise concerns from Camp Fallujah and have them
transmitted in Arabic to the quality-assurance team, which will resolve
the issues directly with the contractor.
Safety and security
in other areas are also noteworthy, according to Awaf Abdul Rahim, a
construction manager. Fallujah’s citizens are benefitting all-around.
are happy, because our community is safer now and there are more
American projects creating jobs in different areas,” Rahim said. “It’s
helped Fallujah’s unemployment. With the improvement in the security,
we are inspired to work hard. Our construction crews became more
serious and active and are now getting more done.”
|Military Connection's Comments:
Raw sewage running through the streets of Baghdad has been a problem. United States Corps of Engineers’ Gulf Region Division is correcting the problem with an $85 million central wastewater treatment facility. The project is forty-five percent completed. The wastewater collection is twenty-seven percent completed. The Iraqi government will continue to develop the collection system to its completion. A good sewage system results in healthier citizens. Children can play in the streets without fear of contamination from sewage in the streets. Our coalition forces are helping to reconstruct Baghdad so that Iraqis can have a better life. Most Iraqis know we are there to help them. The Iraqi Sunnis are seeing the benefits of working with the coalition forces and the Iraqi government. Unemployment percentages are receding and new businesses are opening.