Reference : V-P-IQ-E-00975
Date : 26/07/2010
Country/Region : IRAQ
Caption : Erbil governorate, Sofaya village. An ICRC engineer and the head of the Sofaya municipality stand on the pumping station at the Zab Al Kabir River.
Photographer : GREUB, Michael
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC water treatment plant project in Sofaya benefits two Arab villages and five Kurdish villages. So far, the villagers had taken the water from the close Zab Al Kabir river unfiltered, which caused a lot of diseases and led to death in young age due to kidney failure of many of the villagers (mentioned even on the tomb stones).

Excerpt of Iraq: facts and figures 2010:
The reconstruction and improvement of water supply and sanitation systems in destitute and conflict-affected areas continued. The ICRC carried out works to improve the general conditions in health-care facilities and detention places by repairing and upgrading buildings and water, electrical and sanitation systems. It provided safe drinking water for internally displaced people, residents and hospital patients when needed. In 2010 almost four million Iraqis all over the country
benefited from repair, maintenance and reconstruction activities in the water and sanitation sectors. The ICRC repaired 18 water treatment plants, 20 compact units, two boosting stations, two pumping stations, and 13 water supply projects.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 2480x2056
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour