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For Immediate Release
April 5, 2004

Public Works in Iraq
Iraq Fact of the Day

Iraqis now control their Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works. The ministry's 40,000 employees are working with local officials at some 500 locations across the country, providing clean water, sewage management, and waste collection. Current projects will provide running water to 75 percent of the population - more than at any time in Iraq's history. This is the third ministry to assume direct authority - an important step as Iraq moves toward sovereign government.

Sources: Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad

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