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Pipe connects Duhok with Mosul Dam to help dwindling supply

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:50 am

Pipe connects Duhok with Mosul Dam to help dwindling supply

DUHOK, Kurdistan Region — After five years of work, Duhok province released “strategic” water from Mosul Dam into Duhok Dam that will help keep the Duhok Lake full while benefitting farmers.

"It is clean water and we are connecting it to Duhok province’s water networks," said Zeyad Abdulla, the head of the irrigation for Duhok.

The pipe will pour 14 million cubic-meters of water flow into the Duhok Dam every year and allow the Duhok Dam to stay full while distributing water to the province.

Abdulla requested for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and local officials to establish an office for this project because it needs technical teams for oversight.

Farmers in Duhok previously have expressed concerns over the lack of water.

Because of dams in Turkey and climatic change, the Tigris River is not a major water resource for the Kurdistan Region, but some in Duhok do rely on the river above the Mosul Dam.

The project was finished in two phases. The pipe stretches 32 kilometers.

In addition to its strategic importance for the people of Duhok, it has also created an attractive tourism outlook to the region as it is flowing like a waterfall from Mount Duhok into the dam on the ground.

KRG officials have said they can weather water shortages, unlike the rest of Iraq. In Erbil, several projects are underway to shore up concerns over water scarcity.

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has dedicated an emergency budget to address any abrupt or severe water shortages.

Iraq’s new Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 10 to discuss Iraqi water shortages. Halbousi tweeted that Erdogan accepted Iraq’s request to increase water that would ensure water to “all Iraq provinces.”

Baghdad has decreed that farmers should not plant crops which need lots of water like rice, which will lead to increased imports.

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