CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE KALSU, Iraq – Iraqi leaders joined with Soldiers with the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team April 19 to view completed updates to the water treatment facility at al Hashimiyah, Iraq,.
The project, led by 1LT Gerardo Aquino, 1411th Civil Affairs Company from Edison, N.J., who’s attached to the 3rd HBCT, has improved efficiency and water quality for the more than 500,000 Iraqis served by the facility.
“Before the improvements, there was an outbreak of cholera in the area due to the poor quality of water,” Aquino said. “The old system was operating at less than 70 percent efficiency.”
Improvements to the facility included replacing the sand, a medium used for filtering, and installing a new chlorine-metering system, among other upgrades, he said.
“It is an existing plant, an old plant,” Aquino said. “What we did was improve the efficiency and quality of the plant while the government of Iraq finishes a new, larger facility in the area.”
Aquino said the station now operates at approximately 90 percent efficiency and provides good, clean water to the residents in the area.