People of the Nineveh Plains in Iraq go third day without running water due to power outage

NINEVEH PLAINS, Iraq — The people of Nineveh Plains have lacked adequate drinking water for three consecutive days following the damaging of seven electricity transmission towers which power water pumping stations.

Many Chaldeans–Syriacs–Assyrians living in southern Nineveh Plains in Baghdede, Bartalle, Bashiqa, Karamlesh, and Bahzan have been forced to buy drinking water. The current price to fill a water tank has reached 20,000 Iraqi Dinars, equivalent to $14.

The Nineveh Water Directorate announced the damaging of the seven towers which power the Salamiyah pumping station during dust storms. According to the Directorate, work is underway to repair the towers.

The Directorate called on residents to ration the consumption of water until the completion of the rehabilitation work.

As for the Hamdania Water Operation Center, it indicated that there were beams on the electricity line feeding the Salamiyah water project, which led to the stopping of the water project.

“It is possible that the water will be cut off for three days in Al-Hamdania and its dependencies,” said a Center representative. “Operations will be resumed as soon as the work on repairing the towers is completed.”

Iraqi media sources indicated that a number of towers in the Salamiyah area of Baghdede District were deliberately sabotaged.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi had emphasized there will be increased protection of the electricity towers by Iraqi Security Forces after hundreds of them were targeted with improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The Iraqi government has accused the Islamic State (ISIS) of being behind the campaign, with other political leaders saying other parties are responsible to.

Hundreds of electric power transmission towers were sabotaged in July, mostly in Nineveh, Salah al-Din, and Anbar governorates.