Janus team members move on to the next area after safely clearing a building in the al-Dawassa Water Treatment Facility.
Over 40,000 citizens of Mosul will soon be able to get water again from Al Dawassa, a local water treatment plant thanks to a program by the U.S. State Department and work completed by integrated stability operations company, Janus Global Operations. The plant was damaged during the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) occupation and subsequent coalition operations to liberate the city, but it can now be repaired thanks to clearance operations by Janus Global Operations to remove the explosive remnants of war (ERW) and other explosive materials.
Janus Global began working in Mosul a week after its liberation to help remove the thousands of explosive devices left behind by ISIS to kill Iraqi civilians and keep essential services from returning to operation.
The U.S. State Department, through its Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, assigned Janus Global the task of ensuring Al Dawassa was safe for repair work to begin. Prior to the ISIS occupation, Al Dawassa, in west Mosul, processed some 26,500 cubic feet of water taken daily from the Tigris River to provide clean drinking water to 40,000 people within the facility’s service area.
“Plant capacity fell 60 percent during ISIS occupation because of fighting, looting, and lack of maintenance,” said Jordan Wilhelm, Janus Global’s director of operations for conventional weapons destruction. “It was damaged more, though not as severely, in the battle to drive ISIS from Mosul.”
Janus Global personnel discovered 168 explosive hazards and more than 800 pounds of explosives-related material at the Al Dawassa Water Treatment Facility and Pump Station while clearing more than 16,000 square meters.
“The State Department’s goal is to reduce the effect of conventional weapons of war on civilian populations, and that’s exactly what this project accomplishes,” Wilhelm added.
The battle to reclaim Mosul from ISIS began in Oct. 2017 and concluded on July 9, 2017 when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the city liberated. Janus Global site surveyors first visited Al Dawassa in Sept. 2017, two months after the city was freed from the grip of ISIS. Work to clear Al Dawassa of ERW and explosive materials was completed in Feb. 2018.
“The clearance of Al Dawassa Water Treatment Facility means staff can now move around the whole facility safely and repair work can start,” said Wilhelm. “Once the site is repaired and producing water at full capacity again, it will be a great benefit to the Al Dawassa region of Mosul. The plant will provide clean water to those who have already returned and also encourage other displaced persons to return to their homes. It will allow businesses that require water to operate to open generating jobs in the region. The water treatment facility itself will give jobs and a wage to staff.”
Janus Global Operations is an integrated stability operations company with thousands of employees serving clients in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Janus’ services include munitions response; demining; IED remediation; intelligence support; logistics; life support; risk management; communications; and other services in some of the world’s most challenging and hostile environments. Janus is a portfolio company of DC Capital Partners. The company’s website is www.janusgo.com.
DC Capital Partners is a private equity investment firm headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia focused on making control investments in middle market, U.S.-based, Government Services and Engineering & Construction Services businesses. Learn more at www.dccapitalpartners.com.