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Iraq buys solar desalination units

US$41m spent on 350 units, minister says.

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Iraq is in need of desalination to provide drinking water for its population.
Iraq is in need of desalination to provide drinking water for its population.

Iraqi Minister of Municipalities and Public Works Riad Ghareeb said on Saturday that US$41 million had been allocated to import 350 solar-powered water desalination units in an effort to provide rural areas with drinking water, reports the Aswat Aliraq news agency.

"The ministry has managed to cut water scarcity to 10 percent from 40 percent in 2006 in all Iraqi provinces," Ghareeb said during a press conference he held in al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad.

He added that it will take two years for all the desalination units to reach a total of 350 villages. The units are supplied by a US company, and will supply 900,000 people with potable water.
"These stations are set to produce 12 million liters of drinking water on a daily basis," the minister said.
 

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