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Lack of Funding, Security Holds Back Rebuilding of Iraqâ€TMs Water Syste

by Chris Shumway

July 8, 2005 – Doctors in Iraq say unsafe drinking water is putting children at increased risk for diarrhea and other water-borne illnesses, and officials with the Ministry of Water Resources say it will take $15 billion in repairs to ensure delivery of safe drinking water to the country’s 27 million citizens.

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In Baghdad during the past two weeks, doctors reported that 160 children came down with diarrhea after consuming contaminated water, according to IRIN News.

Last year, the US committed only $4 billion for repairs to Iraq’s water system, and of that amount only a small portion has actually been spent for reconstruction projects.

Insurgents have also reportedly targeted Iraq’s water infrastructure, recently attacking a key water main in Baghdad that left more than two million people without drinking water.

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