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PublishDate: Monday, June 25, 2012 11:47

USACE to improve access to water and power in southern Afghanistan

Kajaki Dam powerhouse in Helmand province, Afghanistan, i

The United States military and its coalition partners may be drawing down their combat missions in Afghanistan, but the next two years will continue to be busy for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South.

Among the South District’s 51 construction projects still to be awarded this fiscal year, three water and infrastructure projects sit high on the district’s priority list —Dahla and Kajaki Dams and the Southeastern Electrical Power System — vital infrastructure systems in Afghanistan’s arid south that are in need of substantial upgrades and repairs.

“These three projects are critical to improving the lives of Afghan citizens in Helmand and Kandahar provinces,” said Air Force Col. Benjamin Wham, the South District commander. “Together they represent about $421 million worth of construction and will boost the supply of water and electric power to both provinces.” (DVIDS)

Dahla Dam Located in Kandahar province on the Arghandab River has suffered from years of neglect and war. 
Increased water for irrigation means the once productive “breadbasket of Afghanistan” can again produce the fruits and vegetables that Afghanistan needs to feed its people.
The Corps of Engineers will oversee the construction at Dahla Dam in two phases.
Kajaki Dam  Located in Helmand province on the Helmand River, the Kajaki Dam serves two functions: a source for irrigation and water along the lower Helmand River and hydroelectric power generation.


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