02 Feb 2008

PR# 2008-047

Windmill supplies water for Bagram neighbors

KABUL, Afghanistan – ISAF’s Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) celebrated the completion of a new windmill during a ceremony in Parwan Province recently.

The $70,000-contract for the windmill will bring water to an estimated 1,000 villagers in the province.

“We’ve been doing a lot of ribbon cuttings and we continue to do more,” said Major Blashford, Bagram PRT deputy commander. “We’ve done at least a dozen ribbon cuttings between [Parwan and Kapisa] Provinces.”

The wind turns the windmill’s turbine, which provides power for the pump down below, said Capt. Harry Jackson, Parwan Civil Affairs Team chief and lead engineer. The water is then pumped to two different tanks. The windmill has an irrigation water tank and a taller tank for drinking water.

The windmill won’t will provide a significant amount of needed water, according to engineers.

“There is another initiative that Task Force Cincinnatus has projected and we have already got a project nominated for it,” Captain Jackson said.

Once both projects have been completed, the village east of Bagram could support as many as 2,000 villagers.

Pesaran Haidary Construction Company (PHCC) completed the project in six months. Faisma Hammad, PHCC president, believes this project has been beneficial for both the villagers and the employees of his company, most of which came from Kabul.

“The people of the village will be happy,” said the PHCC president. “This is good for us and them.”

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