• Local Iraqi leaders look on as 1st Lt. Gerardo Aquino, a member of the 1411th Civil Affairs Company from Edison, N.J. currently attached to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, inspects a recently completed project that has improved efficiency and water quality for over 500,000 residents of Hashimyiah, Iraq.

    Inspecting the water plant

    Local Iraqi leaders look on as 1st Lt. Gerardo Aquino, a member of the 1411th Civil Affairs Company from Edison, N.J. currently attached to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, inspects a recently completed project that has...

  • Local Iraqi leaders and Soldiers of the 1411th Civil Affairs Company from Edison, N.J., inspect a recently completed project that has improved efficiency and water quality for over 500,000 residents of Hashimyiah, Iraq.

    Looking at a water basin

    Local Iraqi leaders and Soldiers of the 1411th Civil Affairs Company from Edison, N.J., inspect a recently completed project that has improved efficiency and water quality for over 500,000 residents of Hashimyiah, Iraq.

  • First Lt. Gerardo Aquino, a member of the 1411th Civil Affairs Company from Edison, N.J. currently attached to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, inspects a recently completed project at a water treatment facility that has improved efficiency and water quality for over 500,000 residents of Hashimyiah, Iraq.

    1LT Gerardo Aquino

    First Lt. Gerardo Aquino, a member of the 1411th Civil Affairs Company from Edison, N.J. currently attached to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, inspects a recently completed project at a water treatment facility that has...

  • First Lt. Gerardo Aquino, a member of the 1411th Civil Affairs Company from Edison, N.J. currently attached to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, speaks with a local Iraqi leader following an inspection of a recently completed project at a water treatment facility that has improved efficiency and water quality for over 500,000 residents of Hashimyiah, Iraq.

    Meeting with local leaders

    First Lt. Gerardo Aquino, a member of the 1411th Civil Affairs Company from Edison, N.J. currently attached to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, speaks with a local Iraqi leader following an inspection of a recently completed...

COS KALSU, Iraq - Iraqi leaders joined Soldiers of 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, April 19 to view completed updates to the Hashimiyah, Iraq, water treatment facility.

The project, led by 1st Lt. Gerardo Aquino, a member of the 1411th Civil Affairs Company from Edison, N.J. currently attached to the 3rd HBCT, has improved efficiency and water quality for the over 500,000 Iraqis served by the facility.

"Before the improvements, there was an outbreak of cholera in the area due to the poor quality of water," Aquino said. "The old system was operating at less than 70 percent efficiency."

Improvements to the facility included replacing the sand, a medium used for filtering, and installing a new chlorine-metering system, as well as other upgrades, he said.

"It is an existing plant, an old plant," said Aquino. "What we did was improve the efficiency and quality of the plant while the Government of Iraq finishes a new, larger facility in the area."

Aquino added that the station is now operating at approximately 90 percent efficiency and providing good, clean water to local residents.

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