Delegation of the European Union to Armenia

Water monitoring task force

03/04/2019 - 09:31
Agriculture and Food Safety

The project is designed to address weak water monitoring systems in several parts of Iraq and establish a national data centre to monitor the quality of pumped water, through an elaborate system linked to laboratories, in the hope that the measures will have an impact on improving health, stability and socio-economic growth in the country.

Water monitoring task force

 

PROJECT DURATION:

JANUARY 2015-JULY 2018

 

BUDGET:

€5 067 800

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

The project is designed to address weak water monitoring systems in several parts of Iraq and establish a national data centre to monitor the quality of pumped water, through an elaborate system linked to laboratories, in the hope that the measures will have an impact on improving health, stability and socio-economic growth in the country.

 

Regions covered: Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk, Baghdad, Babel, Karbala, Najaf, Thi-Qar, Basra, Al-Muthanna, and Maysan.  

 

OBJECTIVES

Project objectives are to develop an integrated, national water monitoring system that will improve the quantity and quality of water supply services, and protect the water supply chain from contamination in 10 governorates. The project is a foundation investment by the EU which caters to cross-cutting health and environmental objectives. It also aims to establish a platform for a decision support system (DSS), by a process based on consensus and contribution of key stakeholders, in order to facilitate drawing up national environmental policies linked to an integrated water resources management.

 

ACTIONS IN BRIEF

(i) Survey of existing monitoring activities and development of water monitoring plan;

(ii) preparation of technical specifications of gauging stations and field kits for water monitoring and testing, selection of potential suppliers, and installation of gauging stations;

(iii) development of a GIS and failure – Response Procedures for the Water Monitoring System;

(iv) capacity building by training and coaching for experts, engineers and officials on water monitoring tasks.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Installation of 49 observation stations in 10 governorates and seven water quality gauging stations in Baghdad, Karbala, Thi-Qar, Muthanna, Missan, Basra and Sulaymaniyah.
  • Establishing a National Data Centre to allow access to water quality data which enhances the decision-making process in the sector, and informs the design of water treatment plants for human and industrial consumption.
  • The set-up of an early warning system and public awareness campaigns have enhanced knowledge and know-how of water supply utilities.
  • Production of a National Water Monitoring plan for Iraq and a National Water Monitoring Committee has been established, with representatives from many ministries.
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OBSTACLES

 

(i) Approval of entry visa for expats follow prolonged procedures that can last up to three months;

(ii) difficulty to attract foreign companies due to volatile security situation;

(iii) perceived lack of stability in the legal situation drove foreign company involved in water technology and related fields, shunning the opportunity to operate in Iraq;

(iv) difficulty to obtain data from relevant ministries and official bodies on key statistics related to water due to internal political sensitivities;

(v) local staff and official bodies portray a lack of sense regarding ownership of new equipment, not aware that maintenance needs to be done, otherwise the equipment is not working properly;
(vi) compromised capacity of public staff in certain areas, or a lack of willingness to cooperate within different Ministries;
(vii) absence of clear procedures to implement laws and regulations, particularly on customs duties, which compromises the ability to import machines for project purposes.

 

Implementing partners: Consortium formed by S.I.C.I. DOMINUS (Lead partner), APPLUS, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Al Qatif

 

Targeted partners: Iraq Central Government, KRG central government,  Prime minister office, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Municipal and Public Works, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Oil, Ministry of Industry, Baghdad Mayoralty and MOENv/KRG.

 

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