Given the location and development of Duhok Governorate in the Kurdistan Region, Duhok city has great economic potential for the entire country of Iraq. Duhok city is 440m above sea level, northeast of Mosul and 470 kilometres north of Baghdad, 65 km to the border of Turkey, and 180 km to the border with Syria. and around the Khrabdeim water treatment plant was established in 2009 on the Tigris River bank to provide Duhok with drinking water with the capacity to serve a population of 650,000.
In August 2019 the intake site of the water treatment plant for Duhok and Sumel was obstructed by unprecedented algae in the Tigris. at. A sticky layer of algae and other biological substances clogged the filtration steps, affecting the proficiency of the treatment plant resulting in a 60% shortage in drinking water supply. At the same time, the average daily demand is 8,500 m3/day.
The Khrabdiem water treatment team requested MASAR to assess the algae problem and come up with possible solutions.
MASAR also supported by:
• Providing a multi-level water management training course for 48 staff of 4 water stations in Duhok on Aug 2020 Water Day awareness campaign
• This step closed the gap in which the population needed 2400 cubic meters per day and the real production before this project was only 810 cubic meters.
• The procurement of a water well connecting Avrika to the network of Zawita sub-district
• Supplying spare parts to the Khrabdeim water treatment plant
In 2020 the MASAR team came up with recommendations on how to improve the quality of the drinking water, leading to a couple of technical improvement measures for the water treatment plant. Based on that, MASAR supplied spare parts to the Khrabdeim water treatment plant in the form of two motors, a flash mixer and a slow mixer to enable continuous up water production.
MASAR also procured the construction of deep well rooms, the installation of a submersible pumping group and a power line extension. This also enabled a connection to the Zawita water network, by which12,000 people gained access to drinking water. This step closed the gap in which the population needed 2400 cubic meters per day and the real production before this project was only 810 cubic meters.