The government of Kurdistan region of Iraq has initiated a $193 million project to build a water supply network that would link three areas within the governorate of As-Sulaymaniyyah, according to an official source from the ministry of municipalities and tourism.
"An agreement for $193 million was signed with the South Korean Sung Yang Company in October 2012. Construction work started in mid-February 2013 and the project is expected to be ready within 24 months," said Sirouan Ahmed, director general of the water and sewage systems at the ministry.
Initial work on the project was carried out in a rural area near the Diyala River.
The project is expected to provide potable water in the areas of Halabja, Sayyid Sadiq, and Sirwan in the governorate of As-Sulaymaniyyah, Ahmed mentioned.
Economist Dr. Mohamed Sulaiman Mohamed said during the last decade of the 20th century, the United Nations (UN) adopted its new millennium goals that focus on sustainable human development, which requires providing a safe living environment to every individual. This also includes access to safe drinking water and effective sewage systems.
Mohamed believes that governments should not only work to meet the standards of the UN to care for individuals. "It is their responsibility to provide to their citizens and constituents basic necessities such as a safe living environment and clean drinking water."