16 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-312

Canal upgrades begin throughout Kandahar Province

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – ISAF recently began work on a US$46,000 project intended to repair, upgrade and clean canal systems in the village of Takhta Pol, in the Daman District of Kandahar Province. The contract, funded by the US 207th Infantry Brigade, will also upgrade the Takhta Pol Karez – a gravity based system, which exploits ground water for distribution through the canals.

Furthermore, US$48,000 has been designated towards the repair, upgrade and cleaning of canal systems in the Village of Mowmand, also in the Daman District.  These two projects will increase water use for agricultural purposes, as well as improve the quality of water supplied to an estimated 40,000 villagers in the Daman district. The contracts also provide employment opportunities for locals within the village.

“It is important that we invest in construction projects. We need to focus on projects that will help improve industry, commerce and education, along with improving the quality of life,” stated Colonel Richard Stephen Williams, Commander, 207th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army, and U.S. National Command Element (South).

“Investing in construction projects and providing employment opportunities for young men will decrease the reason most young men join and fight alongside the Taliban,” he added.

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