Ground broken on Mahmoudiyah sewage project

A resident works are clearing a flooded Baghdad street. The new project is expected to allow sewers to handle greater rainfall. [Zohra Bensemra/Reuters]

A resident works are clearing a flooded Baghdad street. The new project is expected to allow sewers to handle greater rainfall. [Zohra Bensemra/Reuters]

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Baghdad province broke ground last week on the Mahmoudiyah sewage project, one of the largest service projects in the district.

Provincial officials said building the sewage network will cost 138 billion dinars ($115 million).

"The project consists of sewage treatment stations, a rainwater discharge network, and a piping network system that covers the entire Mahmoudiyah district," Baghdad Governor Salah Abdul Razak said at a press briefing.

"The project will greatly improve the provision of major services in the area and will also help provide employment for a large number of workers in the area," he said.

The Iraqi al-Ijiyad Company will execute the project, which is financed by the 2012 Regional Development Plan.

Mohammed al-Rubaie, chairman of the planning and monitoring committee in the Baghdad Provincial Council, told Mawtani that the start of the Mahmoudiyah swage project is timely since the district badly needs it.

"The project was supposed to have started in 2008 but was delayed due to the absence of sufficient financing in recent years due to a shortage of funds," he said. "But now it has started, and will be a major project if the company that was awarded the project succeeds in completing it."

Sewage project 'badly needed'

Muhanad al-Ghrairi, member of the Mahmoudiyah district municipal council, shared al-Rubaie's sentiment about the importance of the project. "The present sewage network in the area is worn out, and residents are bearing the brunt of it, especially during the winter time when the rainy season starts," he said.

Al-Ghrairi said a large number of streets in the district flood with water during winter because the sewers are too old and cannot handle the capacity.

"This project is a project we badly needed, and will help a great deal in serving the citizens and easing their hardship," he said.

Al-Ghrairi also urged officials to build a larger number of construction projects in the district to create work opportunities for residents and thereby provide the best services to citizens.

Baghdad province is also preparing to begin construction of a housing project in the Mahmoudiyah district. According to the province's report, the project consists of 84 housing buildings, with schools, health centers, markets, and parks nearby to serve residents.

Mohammad al-Saedi, member of the Iraqi parliament's services committee, said the shortage of funds in recent years has negatively affected the building of important and vital projects in the district.

"The 2012 budget is good and will positively meet citizens' hopes and aspirations for projects. The provincial council has drafted a comprehensive plan to build projects based on their importance to the residents," he told Mawtani.

In September, the provincial council announced that the Ministry of Finance allocated 1.3 trillion dinars ($1 billion) in the 2012 budget for Baghdad province.

"During the next one or two years, Baghdad will witness great progress in the areas of construction and services," al-Saedi said.

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    صفاء احمد

    2012-2-26

    I ask the government to stop the injustice which is practiced against us because of deliberate negligence and instruct the departments concerned with the extension of the new sewer network in Sadr City to at least repair the broken parts and sewer blockages in the city, so that this forbearing city of Sadr becomes like all the other cities that enjoy cleanliness and a good healthy environment because we had previously been neglected during the time of tyranny and we feel the same negligence at the time of democracy and freedom.

  • نظير

    2012-1-21

    Local services in Iraq are totally missing. In the past they were better because they were at least available. As for now, the departments of the municipality do not work the right way. I criticize them because of the violation and dereliction I see in the performance of the departments of the municipality. This is why we have to criticize them so that they perform in the best way. Our streets need a lot of work to be done to fix them, such as cleaning, paving and repairing. We miss all these important things in the streets which are dirty. There is garbage and dirt everywhere, in the streets, parks, gardens and squares. The workers of the municipality do not do their jobs seriously; they do not clean the streets. In addition to the lack of local services that are very important, there is the problem of sewage. There are no solutions to solve this problem. There are no plans by the municipality to establish sewerage systems to relieve the citizens and solve the problems they face due to the lack of this service. There is a lot of shortage and bad services from the municipality, of course I don’t mean one in specific, I mean the departments in general. You can see the bad scenes anywhere you go in Iraq.

  • عبدالباري

    2012-1-4

    I want to criticize the municipal services, which have been suffering from significant neglect and humiliation due to the concerned authority. Therefore it is important to take an interest in all the Iraqi provinces and regions. This is in order to reflect a new reality of civilization. Unfortunately, we have only witnessed neglect and humiliation by the Municipality of Baghdad and by the other municipalities. And this has led to the citizens’ suffering in their residential areas, due to the sewage closure and blockage. This is in addition to the accumulation of garbage and dirt and to the unpaved streets. We must not also forget the water leakage in the buildings, which has caused the spread of epidemics and diseases. Therefore the municipality must work on cleaning the streets, opening the sewage, paving the streets and improving the situation of the Iraqi regions. This is in order to create a new and clean atmosphere that reflects a much better situation, especially since the terrorist and malicious groups have destroyed the country.

  • اسماعيل هادي

    2011-12-31

    The problem of sewage is a serious general problem in many districts that have never enjoyed this service. We know that the former regime left us with many problems and several areas with no services, especially sewer systems. However, we were hoping that this time had ended and that the new era would witness more care for the citizens, especially as to the services, including sewer, electricity and water. This is urgently needed, especially in the districts that do not have any of these services and suffer from a tragic situation during the winter, because the rainwater forms lakes in the streets and obstructs traffic movement in some streets. Hence, if you had started working on digging the sewer networks to drain the rainwater and then asphalted the streets in the different areas, one after another, following the fall of the former regime, we would have achieved something by today. However, it seems that there is no change in the way of dealing with the citizens, who still suffer from the same arrogance that existed at the time of Saddam and rule of the Baath Party. Where is the role of the municipalities and the sewer departments? Where are the funds that were earmarked for the services? What is their destiny, especially given that we do not see any new sewer projects in the areas that are deprived of this service?

  • هيثم

    2011-12-27

    Where is the drinking water? I call on all the officials of Iraq to provide us with clean drinking water, because this service is about to become extinct. What is this mess in the country? This is unbelievable; everything is missing and lacking. What is the cause of the problem with the drinking water? We do have two rivers, which have not dried out yet, but nevertheless we suffer from the lack of drinking water. How can I drink pure water and bring it to my children and family, as well as the rest of the families in Al-Husayniyyah District, which suffers terribly due to the bad services and lack of the drinking water supplies? We do not want water for irrigation, but we want water to drink. We are citizens, we have many rights, and the government is responsible for providing us with these rights and services, including the drinking water in particular. I do not have enough money to buy water bottles, because I am jobless because of the rampant unemployment across the country in general and in our district in particular. I am one of the residents of this area and I see the people’s suffering. This situation is not new, because we have been lacking the drinking water from the time of Saddam until today. For many years, we have not seen any official who thought about the suffering of these families who live in a big area like the Al-Husayniyyah district. No official has ever thought about the young children who drink the filthy and unclean water. This is prohibited for you and for all the officials. I call on them to provide us with drinking water to protect the health of our children at least.

  • ناظم طاق

    2011-12-27

    We are suffering from the problem of sewerage. In fact, this essential service is not available, despite its importance to the revival of many cities in Iraq. The sewage network is no longer workable, because most of them are blocked and cause floods. Still worse, the level of sewer water is sometimes so high that it reaches house entrances. All these problems are attributable to the lack of rehabilitation and maintenance of the sewer systems. Some other regions are not provided with sewage systems at all, which leads to many health problems and unpleasant odors in the neighborhoods, because people of the region are obliged to dig small, external sewers in the streets that are open to the air. Obviously, the scene is disgusting, and the emission of unpleasant odors causes the spread of disease and has a bad impact on human health.

  • عارف نصير

    2011-12-21

    In these areas, we need to commence on the sewer systems to provide them with these services and help them get rid of the harmful substances that threaten the environment and the health of the citizen. The concerned authorities are required to exert more efforts in this respect and to extend the sewer networks in a number of the residential areas, to help them get rid of this problem that affects some areas. We also need to provide this service in the areas that are deprived of the sewer networks. We need to change the reality of the services, and we all know that the extension of the sewer networks is one of the most important services that are needed in the residential areas. Hence, I demand that all the areas be covered and that they be provided with these necessary services. We want the officials to work in improving them, so they will be in the best condition.

  • عبدالصمد خيري

    2011-12-21

    Providing sewerage services is extremely important and vital for all the residential areas. The sewer has a significant effect on public health and the citizenry, as it helps the different citizens to get rid of the sewage. Hence, I demand that all the services and projects of the sewer system should include all the Iraqi cities without exceptions. Many of the areas are still without sewer systems and this negatively affects the condition of the cities and their beauty, and it affects the public health. In addition, most of the residential areas and cities that already have sewers need regular maintenance, extensions or even replacement. That is because the existing sewer systems need new sewer networks, because the existing ones do not function well, as they are very old and suffer from leakage and cracks. Hence, I demand that a comprehensive plan be put together to improve the sewer system in our residential areas. The increasing number of ruptures in many areas has led to the creation of lakes that have spread, and this has led to the deterioration of the health situation, as a result of the awful odors in these areas, in addition to providing suitable environments for the homeless animals and harmful insects that threaten the life of the citizens and cause a lot of trouble to them.

  • ساهر فوزي

    2011-12-15

    The authorities are supposed to build modern and compatible networks in order to replace the old ones. The latter are totally blocked and cannot be repaired. In so doing, we guarantee that they will be blocked again in the future, especially in the wintertime. In this season, rain is very frequent, which leads to the accumulation of water and mud in all areas. This disturbs the citizen. It might also explain the fact that some citizens prefer staying at home to going out in the streets. It is really sad that the situation has become like this.

  • نوري شاهين

    2011-12-15

    I would like to talk about the poor condition of sewerage in the Baghdad region, and in the housing in particular. The region is suffering from a very serious deterioration. What is the actual role of the Ministry of Water and Sewerage? A lot of citizens have already submitted their complaints regarding sewage because of the accumulation and the spreading of rancid water in the region. The latter is hampering traffic in the region and causes the spread of many odors. In addition, due to rancid water, the health of the region’s residents has been affected, since they are exposed to many diseases as a result of the emergence of insects and the gases produced by the water that comes out of closed sewers. Therefore, I call on the Ministry of Water and Sewerage to take appropriate action immediately, in order to get rid of this uncivilized phenomenon. The government needs to carry out its duties. It should not neglect or limit the rights of the Iraqi citizens. In fact, authorities should seek the comfort of the citizens. They must not be the cause of their exhaustion, harassment and tiredness, through exposing them to diseases and continuous suffocation as a result of the sewage emissions. Indeed, the sewers must be maintained regularly. I really regret that the sewers have not been maintained for several years. Therefore, it is very important to improve the sewage in the residential areas, so that we can rid the citizens of the risk of infection with many diseases. Authorities should also clean all the streets and carry out the maintenance of the sewers. In short, they should provide the citizens in all Baghdad regions with better services. Such efforts would embellish the Capital, preserve the environment, and prevent diseases that are caused by negligence, poor services and the dereliction of duties.

  • وهاب عبدالغني

    2011-12-14

    I would like to talk about the poor condition of sewerage in the Baghdad region, and the housing in particular. The region is suffering from a very serious deterioration. What is the actual role of the Ministry of Water and Sewerage? A lot of citizens have always submitted their complaints regarding sewage because of the accumulation and the spreading of rancid water in the region. The latter is hampering traffic in the region and causes the spread of many odors. In addition, due to the rancid water, the health of the region’s residents has been affected, since they are exposed to many diseases as a result of the emergence of insects and the gases produced by the water that comes out of clogged sewers. Therefore, I call on the Ministry of Water and Sewerage to take appropriate action immediately, in order to get rid of this uncivilized phenomenon. The government needs to carry out its duties. It should not neglect or limit the rights of the Iraqi citizens. In fact, authorities should seek the comfort of the citizens. They must not be the cause of their exhaustion, harassment and tiredness, through exposing them to diseases and continuous suffocation as a result of the sewage emissions. The sewers must be maintained regularly. I really regret that the sewers have not been maintained for several years. Therefore, it is very important to improve the sewerage in the residential areas, so that we can save citizens of the risk of infection with many diseases. Authorities should also clean all the streets and carry out the maintenance of the sewers. In short, they should provide the citizens in all Baghdad regions with better services. Such efforts would embellish the Capital, preserve the environment, and prevent diseases that are caused by negligence, poor services and the dereliction of duties.

  • Sayaf

    2011-12-10

    The sewer services are among the most important services that could contribute to the elimination of many service and health problems. Many of the diseases that affect some people are caused by the presence of the sewer networks in some residential areas. In addition, the scene in these areas is worrisome, because the pools of raw sewage are everywhere. All streets and alleys are full of these filthy lakes and insects and animals, which affects the beauty of the areas and has repercussions on the health of the residents through spreading contagious diseases, which result in tragedies. Hence, I call for more attention to be paid to the reality of the sewer networks in all the Iraqi areas and cities, especially the ones that lack these services. In addition, the sewer system was built in many residential areas a long time ago, and it became incapable of performing its role in the service of the citizen, because most of them were destroyed, and they were built a long time ago. They do not work efficiently, as they did many years ago.

  • شهاب ياسر

    2011-12-10

    Many residential areas suffer from the sewer networks, and we believe that they are necessary to solve many problems. For example, the public health will witness many improvements when we get rid of the sewage leakages that form pools in many streets and residential areas, especially during the winter. Furthermore, the sewer system is one of the necessary projects that would contribute to getting rid of all the improper manifestations in the cities and on the important projects. This would mean that many of our youth would contribute to the companies, which would work into the establishment of these networks, and this would mean that the wheel of production would move faster to serve the Iraqis. Consequently, I demand the opening of new service projects, to offer these projects that concern us all. The establishment of the sewage network is one of the most important projects that we demand in all residential areas, to get rid of the garbage and raw sewage that embitter our lives due to the lack of sewers.

  • ابو سالم

    2011-12-7

    Some officials don’t care about where citizens live. The problem of housing is forgotten but we want a solution. We’re tired. It’s very important to deal with this issue and to find solutions. Work must be done to improve the condition of drainage networks in the housing areas that witnessed many cases of shortcomings and neglect on the side of drainage networks. This has become very disturbing for the residents of the housing areas. No change, renewal, maintenance or change happened. And there are no solutions being applied to this problem which has become very disturbing to Iraqi citizens who aspire to have better services to feel like other people and better. But unfortunately, neglect is one of the characteristics of the authorities concerned with resolving their problems and hanging issues that remained without treatment for all these years. It is really unfortunate to have Iraq in this tragic situation that breaks hearts even though everyone says that Iraq will be at its best and that the new Iraq is this and that. What new Iraq, when the drainage networks are still leaking to this day without a solution even though it’s winter now and it will be raining soon which means the drainage networks will be worse? The situation is the same without any improvement or worsening. The concerned authorities are still doing nothing and they don’t even care about the thing. We don’t know the real reason behind this behavior that results from neglect, defaulting, laziness and inaction.

  • صالح رميل

    2011-12-3

    I am a resident of Mahmoudiya, which lies on the outskirts of Baghdad. In fact, our city has been and is still suffering from the lack of services, particularly in terms of establishing a sewage network. In this respect, our city has suffered from the outdated and deteriorated sewage network. This has led to the aggravation of the services situation for us, and to the increase of our suffering, because of the overflow of waste water into the streets and alleys. In addition, our suffering usually increases at the beginning of winter and with the accumulation of rainwater in the streets. As a result, the cityscape has become bad. Now that Mahmoudiya is included in the rehabilitation project plan, so as to start establishing the sewage network, we are hoping for a prompt implementation of this great project, which our city desperately needs, because of the impact it will have on changing the situation of the city concerning the service situation there. The latter will witness a lot of development and a qualitative change in terms of providing Mahmoudiya citizens with the best services on the part of the esteemed government. Thus, we approve of this project and we bless it, given that it has a great impact on a lot of aspects, namely sewage. For instance, this project will contribute to ridding the city of stagnant water and to draining sewage water, which had a considerable impact on us. In fact, we have suffered a lot from this muddy water, which has caused a lot of harm to our children. Therefore, establishing a sewage network will have a considerable impact on the situation of our city, whose cityscape will improve, especially after accomplishing this project and providing the other services, namely paving the streets and rehabilitation and providing all our needs. In fact, we desperately need all the service projects which will contribute to developing our city and ridding us of wastes, stagnant water and rainwater, which lead to the blocking of streets. Thus, we would like to praise this vital project, which we have been awaiting impatiently, due to its importance in saving Mahmoudiya in terms of services from which we were formerly suffering, because of the absence of a sewage network.

  • صلاح عبدي

    2011-12-3

    I would like to thank whoever has contributed to activating this great project, which is welcomed by all of Mahmoudiya’s inhabitants, who will appreciate these service projects. In fact, the latter will work on changing the situation of this city and providing the best services for it, especially since we are looking forward to further service and urban projects in our city.

  • زايد حداد

    2011-12-3

    The sewer networks in our area suffer from serious deterioration, and large quantities of raw sewage form pools and small lakes, providing colonies for the insects that have caused a lot of diseases and serious skin problems, in addition to causing many diseases to the children. This problem became very annoying and burdensome for many families, especially the families whose homes are very close to the muddy water that contains many insects. The residents submitted many complaints, without getting any response or solution to this problem. Hence, the competent authorities must work and do what is necessary to maintain the health, safety and lives of the citizens, to avoid the harm caused by the sewage and raw liquid wastes, with their awful odor and harmful insects that cause many skin diseases and severe sicknesses that cause blood contamination.

  • عاطف حميد

    2011-11-28

    I am one of the residents of Mahmudiya and I want to talk about the situation of this province. The situation has become worse day after day. And the most important issue has been neglected, especially by the Iraqi government and by the municipality of the region. Thus, the health situation is suffering from a state of significant deterioration due to water accumulation. This is in addition to the accumulation of mud. In fact, I don’t know the role of the municipality in this matter. And what has increased my worry is the pretence of establishing sewage projects. Thus, the officials must come to the streets in order to see the deterioration of the region. In fact, the waste water and the dirt have been spread everywhere in the streets. That’s why most of the children have been in hospitals. What do you want me to convey? And how can I explain the situation? In fact, the region has been suffering from a very difficult situation. And the project of the sewage has been just a false pretence. Besides, there is no clean drinking water in the province of Mahmudiya, and all the people know that. Thus, it is important to find a quick solution in order to save the innocent people’s lives, especially those who have been exposed to diseases and death. That’s why it is important to find a solution, because the sewage system is very important.

  • فاروق

    2011-11-28

    I hope to witness the establishment of the projects as quickly as possible. However, there is nothing new. Thus, I ask the governor of Al-Mahmudiya to take an interest in the province. And it is important to cooperate with the Iraqi government in order to implement all our demands and to establish the projects of sewage. In fact, this can be achieved by carrying out building and reconstruction projects in order to achieve security and safety. It is also important to provide drinking water, services, electricity and many other things. Thus, the province will be much better than it was in the previous time, God willing. And we hope that you listen to our demands. We also hope to witness concrete achievements, not only pretenses.

  • ياسين عادل

    2011-11-25

    As a citizen from the Mahmudiyah District, I would like to talk about the importance of sanitation, which is a very important issue for the district citizens. In fact, they really need it, given that its existence will contribute to maintaining the health and safety of a lot of citizens, the majority of whom are suffering from diseases and the spread of microbes and viruses. Therefore, working on carrying out the sanitation project will have a lot of positive results. The latter will work on maintaining the comfort of citizens and ridding them of the sources of diseases and annoyance, given that sanitation in the region is suffering from a considerable shortage in terms of providing services in the district. Thus, carrying out service projects is very important for the region, which needs a lot of work and services that will improve the situation of the district and its inhabitants. In addition, the importance of the sanitation project and working on carrying it out will contribute to providing job opportunities for the unemployed youth, given that they will earn money and serve their region and their families through the job opportunities which they will obtain. In fact, this is exactly what we hope will occur in all the regions, Qada and Nahiya, in order to provide jobs and grant opportunities to a lot of the unemployed. Besides, we will contribute to taking control of the bad situations, which witness deteriorated conditions in terms of the provision of services. In so doing, we will have contributed to solving two problems at once, and at the same time, we will protect all the regions of Iraq through ensuring hygiene, beauty and development for the benefit of the Iraqi citizens. In fact, all the Iraqi regions are witnessing a considerable decline in terms of the provision of services. Besides, the majority of citizens of these regions have submitted their complaints, but in vain, since they have not gained any worthy thing or benefit concerning the implementation of service works and projects.

  • ثامر علي

    2011-11-25

    The sanitation project in Mahmudiyah is considered one of the good issues that have positive results and will contribute to protecting the province and maintaining the comfort of its inhabitants. Thus, the sanitation conditions of the region will witness a considerable improvement and difference, if we work on carrying out such service projects for the Iraqi citizens.