Sunday, April 27, 2008

Salman Pak’s Ministry of Irrigation On Schedule

Salman Pak ministry of irrigation workers repair water lines to bring clean drinking water to the city on April 15. The GoI has a renewed interest in service projects in the region due to security improvements made possible by Iraqi security forces.

By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Maynard, 3rd HBCT, 3rd Inf. Div. PAO

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq – Salman Pak’s Ministry of Irrigation is on schedule with piping projects to restore drinking water for residents of Salman Pak and Dura’iya.

The projects, funded by the Government of Iraq, are focused on replacing water lines damaged over recent years.

The GoI is increasing efforts to rebuild and restore basic services in the region, said Capt. Matthew Givens, projects planner for the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment.

“Every project completed in Salman Pak and the surrounding regions are made possible by increased security,” he said.

Givens, a native of Columbus, Ga., said projects like this one will eventually provide clean drinking water for the entire region.

“It is only one example of renewed interest by the Government of Iraq in services provided for the local people, here,” he said.

Salman Pak is home to the ancient Arch of Ctesiphon, the largest man-made free standing arch in the world, which was built in 400 A.D.

The 1-15th Inf. Regt. is assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Benning, Ga., and has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom since March 2007

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