Judging from a recent NPR story, it looks like many residents of Baghdad, Iraq could use more ceramic water filters. TAMU Water Project consultants Dick Wukich and Manny Hernandez traveled to Iraq a few years ago–Dick made several trips–to help establish filter production facilities. The war escalated. Dick returned and found the facility abandoned but the potters were no where to be found. Read part of the NPR story below, visit the www page to read the complete story, or listen to the audio version Listen Now [3 min 48 sec].

Weekend Edition Sunday, July 13, 2008 · In Baghdad these days, many Iraqis have been finding text messages on their cell phones from the Ministry of Health warning them not to drink untreated tap water.

Health officials say tap water all over the city is unsafe and that they fear an outbreak of typhoid or other water-borne diseases during the baking hot months of summer….

Doctors in the children’s ward of Fatima al-Zahra Hospital see dozens of patients each day with symptoms of water-borne diseases. One mother tells Dr. Abbas al-Nuaimi that her 3 1/2-month-old baby girl has been throwing up and suffering from diarrhea. A doctor gave the baby injections, but the diarrhea has gotten worse…

Water-borne diseases are common in poor countries that have no sewage or clean-water systems, but Baghdad once had such things. Dr. Fadhil al-Mehdawi, Director of Community Medicine at the Ministry of Health in Baghdad, says the pipes have been wrecked by years of neglect and war.

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