• LUTIFIYAH, Iraq - Nadhel, an Iraqi engineer, places a tube into a water canal to bring water into a solar powered water purifier during a ceremony attended by local sheiks, villagers and Soldiers of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Multi-National Division- Baghdad in Lutifiyah Feb 28. The water purifier will bring clean potable water to nearly 200 people in the village which is part of the Mahmudiyah Qada.

    LUTIFIYAH, Iraq - Nadhel, an Iraqi engineer...

    LUTIFIYAH, Iraq - Nadhel, an Iraqi engineer, places a tube into a water canal to bring water into a solar powered water purifier during a ceremony attended by local sheiks, villagers and Soldiers of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment...

  • BAGHDAD - Nadhel, an Iraqi engineer explains how a solar powered water purifier works after it was given to the village of Lutifiyah during a ceremony  attended by local sheiks, villagers and Soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment , 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Multi-National Division- Baghdad Feb. 28. The water purifier will bring clean potable water to nearly 200 people in the village which is part of the Mahmudiyah Qada.

    BAGHDAD - Nadhel, an Iraqi engineer explains...

    BAGHDAD - Nadhel, an Iraqi engineer explains how a solar powered water purifier works after it was given to the village of Lutifiyah during a ceremony attended by local sheiks, villagers and Soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor...

  • BAGHDAD - Soldiers of the scout sniper team attached to Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division,  Multi-National Division- Baghdad unload a solar powered water purifier which was given to the village of Lutifiyah Feb. 28. A ceremony was held by local sheiks, villagers, and Soldiers from 1-63 CAB for the installation of a coalition-funded, solar- powered water filter to bring clean potable water to people in the Mahmudiyah Qada.

    BAGHDAD - Soldiers of the scout sniper team...

    BAGHDAD - Soldiers of the scout sniper team attached to Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Multi-National Division- Baghdad unload a solar powered water purifier which was given...

  • BAGHDAD - Nadhel, an Iraqi engineer takes a drink of purified water from a canal in Lutifiyah Feb. 28. A ceremony was held by local sheiks, villagers, and the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Multi-National Division- Baghdad  for the installation of a coalition- funded, solar-powered water filter to bring clean potable water to nearly 200 people living  in the Lutifiyah village which is part of the Mahmudiyah Qada.

    BAGHDAD - Nadhel, an Iraqi engineer takes a...

    BAGHDAD - Nadhel, an Iraqi engineer takes a drink of purified water from a canal in Lutifiyah Feb. 28. A ceremony was held by local sheiks, villagers, and the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored...

LUTIFIYAH, Iraq - Local sheiks, villagers and Soldiers of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division held a ceremony here Feb. 28 for the installation of a coalition-funded, solar-powered water filter to purify the village's water here.

The $5,300 project was funded by the Commander's Emergency Relief Program.

The water purifier was delivered and set up adjacent to a water canal on a farm and some of the local sheiks as well as villagers gathered near the canal to view a demonstration on how the purifier works.

"This is an important contribution that means a lot to the Iraqi people. We have worked with the Coalition [Forces] in the past, and I'm glad our relationship is continuing," said Sheik Hamid Turkey, a local area tribal leader.

Local area leaders chose the location in Lutifiyah because the water purifier will be available for use by 150 to 200 people who will now have access to clean potable water. The local leaders also chose the sight because of security reasons. It has the direct oversight of Sons of Iraq checkpoints, so concerns of it being stolen are minimal.

The water purifier is cost efficient because it is charged by the sun, and allows the local Iraqi people to have clean water available to them, which they did not have in the past.

"I think it's really great for the Soldiers of the scout platoon/sniper section to be able to give this water filter to a group of local nationals who do not enjoy the same privileges we have had growing up [in the United States]. I had not seen anything like this filter before. The system is really cool," said Spc. Kevin Stroud, a Soldier of the scout platoon, and a native of Dallas, Texas.

1-63 CAB has partnered with local sheiks in the villages of the Mahmudiyah Qada, which includes Lutifiyah, for the emplacement of six solar powered water purifiers in the past several months. The 1-63 CAB troops plan to place more water filters in the future in different areas of the Mahmudiyah Qada, and have other future projects planned for the Lutifiyah area as well.

"It is important to help the Iraqi people have sources of clean water. It is also beneficial for the relationship we're trying to build, because it is a sign of trust to them," said 1st Lt. Henry Brewster, scout platoon leader, Company A, 1-63 CAB and a native of Youngstown, Ohio.

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