The second of six drinking water facilities planned in Iraq is open and operating, U.S. military officials said Tuesday, with production working its way up to 500,000 bottles of water per day.
The Camp Victory production facility in Baghdad is the second in Iraq, after one at Camp Anaconda, near Balad. Other facilities are planned for camps Speicher, Taqqadum, Q-West and al Asad, U.S. officials have said.
Producing drinking water on-base is part of a wider effort to reduce the number of supply and logistics convoys on the roads in Iraq.
The hope is that fewer trucks on the road means fewer roadside bomb attacks, Lee Fleck, water plant manager at Camp Anaconda, said in an interview last month.
Since October, the plant at Anaconda has produced more than 20 million bottles of water for the camp and surrounding bases, taking 23 trucks off the road each day, managers said.
The new plant at Camp Victory will aim for similar production goals. The other water production facilities should be working by the end of summer, officials have said.
At Anaconda, the water is pumped out of a canal and purified through trailer-mounted water purification units.
U.S. officials have said the water production facilities are not meant to imply a permanent presence in Iraq.
Maj. Michael Clancy, engineer for the 3rd Corps Support Command at Anaconda and deployed from Wiesbaden, Germany, said the water plants are “temporary in nature, it’s really just a prefab metal shell that could be disassembled and moved quite easily.”