Basra calls on oil companies to solve water crisis

The Basra governor wants to hold IOCs responsible for building treatment plants for a province starved of clean water.
The banks of the Shatt al-Arab in Basra. (DAVID WELLS/EAMES)

BASRA - Basra officials are moving to hold foreign oil companies responsible for solving a long-standing and worsening water crisis in the province.

“Each company that wants to continue its work in the province must build a water purification station to produce potable water,” Basra Gov. Assad al-Edani said in a statement Friday. “If companies do not respond, we will take all the necessary actions to protect our people.”

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