Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has said that solving the river water pollution issue is a priority for the new government, urging better use of rainfall water to increase the reserves.
A statement by his media office quoted him as saying that “solving water pollution issue resembles a priority to the new government since its formation.”
The remarks came during a meeting with a ministerial committee for water pollution control. Minister of Health and Environment Alaaeddin al-Alwan was attending.
"We have taken correct and reassuring steps regarding the issue, in addition to implementing plans to limit water contamination and guaranteeing the optimal utilization of water resources," Abdul-Mahdi added, calling for developing a policy to rationalize water consumption and launching a media campaign to highlight preserving water wealth.
Last year, thousands of people were hospitalized due to water contamination in the southern province of Basra as poisonous undrinkable drinking water caused several illnesses, which fueled angry protests in the province.