23 Aug 2007

PR# 2007-606

ISAF soldiers transport 11 kilometers of pipeline

POL-E KHOMRI, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Provincial Reconstruction Team Pol-e Khomri in Baghlan province, in collaboration with Regional Command North soldiers, transported 11 kilometers of pipelines to Dahana-e Ghori district to help bring clean drinking water.

“ISAF provided the helicopters to transport the pipes because there was a lack of roads,” said Major Levnete Tabi, Hungarian Civil-Military Cooperation team.

Helicopters airlifted the pipes.  Three German air crews flew in from neighboring Uzbekistan to prepare the cargo.  The PRT Pol-e Khomri soldiers prepared and secured the site with help from Afghan National Security Forces.

“This project has both a civilian and military side.  It was funded with money from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” Major Tabi said.  Afghans will lay the pipes with contractors from local non-governmental organizations.”

Residents in seven villages have no access to clean drinking water and have to walk up to half a day to the nearest well, according to Lieutenant Robert Smidroczki, PRT Pol-e Khomri Public Information Office.  

The pipeline should be finished in about three months.

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