11:06 - 2022-08-05
Today, Friday, the Basra Water Directorate announced that the salinity rate in FAO and Hartha exceeded international standards.
The Assistant Director of Basra Water, Maitham Jarallah, said that "the salinity rate has reached 30 thousand parts per million in Al-Faw, and to 6800 parts per million in the north of Al-Haritha," stressing that "the salinity should not exceed 1,000 parts per million according to international standards."
Jarallah added, "The Ministry of Construction took the initiative during the past years to contract with a consulting office to prepare studies for the implementation of a seawater desalination plant."
He continued, "We have completed the special studies, and the matter is now in the process of negotiating with the coalition of companies that were proposed by the Council of Ministers."
He stressed that "regulatory dams must be implemented on the Shatt al-Arab near Abu Flus to block the salt wave," noting that "the proposal to implement dams is in the Ministry of Resources and is not financially expensive."
He pointed out to "the opening of a water desalination plant with a capacity of 72,000 cubic meters per hour in Abu Al-Khasib last year," stressing "the need for a seawater desalination plant with a capacity of one million cubic metres."
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