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Volume :40 Issue : 154 2014      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Water Pipeline Project from Iraq's Shatt AL-Arab to Kuwait (1953-1959). A Documentary Study

Auther : Dr. Mousa H. Ghadban

     In this research study, the writer tries to investingate Kuwaitis' endevours to provide portable water to the residents in the fifties of the last century in an attempt to overcome water scarcity at that time. Kuwaitis were entirely reliant on scattered wells over the country during that era, as the only source of fresh water, which barely met the increasing demands of such an indispensable natural resource. To replenish this shortage, sail ships were adapted to bring water from the Ieaqi's Shatt al-Arab in the early fifties. It was a tedious and painstaking task, until the idea of transferring water through pipelines was proposed. For this purpose, relentless and long-winded negotiations took place between the Iraqi and Kuwaiti parties to reach an agreement in order to bring the project to life. To follow-up this enterprise, a construction council was formed in association with the British companies' expertise working in Kuwait at that time. The author relied on his research on a corpus of information and detalis extracted from minutes of the coucil's meetings. Those minutes concluded that the project was not executed for reasons relating to first and foremost the Kuwaitis' awareness of the country's autonomy to control such a vital resource, and as a gesture of the country's independence despite of the desperate need for such an essential project.

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