Everybody hears the bad news out of Iraq. We’ll check out some good news, today on Engineering Works!
Getting rid of Saddam Hussein was a good thing. The problem is that fighting on the scale that’s been going on in Iraq breaks things â€” power plants, bridges, water systems. Things people need to live normal lives.
Engineers – both military and civilian contractors – are working hard to put it all back together. It’s harder than it should be. Lots of this stuff hadn’t been taken care of for years. Even before the war.
When coalition forces turned over power to the Iraqi government a year ago, about 200 reconstruction projects were under way. Now, engineers are working on more than 2,700. They’ve finished more than 1,600.
All kinds of projects, like rebuilding a 200-bed maternity hospital near Mosul. It’ll have a reverse osmosis water purifier, elevators. A new roof. Almost 30 hospitals and clinics are under construction or finished.
Near Kirkuk, the Tameem railroad station was looted and seriously damaged after Saddam fell. It’s being rebuilt to handle even more freight than before. A new water treatment plant near Fallujah will provide more than 2.5 million gallons of clean water a day when it’s done.
And schools. All across the country, more than 675 schools have already been built, with 65 to go.
Everybody’ll be happier when the fighting in Iraq is over. Even before that happens, engineers are in the middle of making life better for millions of Iraqis.
Photo courtesy of Bechtel National, Inc., from USAID. The Al Nijoom school playground in Iraq; workers are employed by Alsabah construction firm.