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BAGHDAD -- City officials have urged Baghdad residents to
conserve water and fill up their tanks in case water treatment
stations have to be shut down because of an oil spill in the Tigris
The warning was issued three days after insurgents set off a bomb
under an oil pipeline near Beiji, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of
Baghdad, setting off a fire and causing huge quantities of crude oil
to spill into the Tigris, which flow through the capital.
" We call upon people to store and economize the use of drinking
water in anticipation of the worst, which is the arrival of the oil
spill to water treatment stations in Baghdad," said Naeem al-Qaabi,
deputy head of the Baghdad municipal administration.
He estimated that it would take the oil slick about 48 hours to
Al-Qaabi said that rubber barriers have been placed around
purification stations in and around the capital. But he said those
barriers may not be enough and that the stations would have to be
Al-Qaabi said officials are working with the Ministry and Water
Resources to try to divert the oil slick into Lake Tharthar north of
the Iraqi capital and prevent it from reaching Baghdad, a city of
about 5.5 million people.
In the meantime, he said water towers around the city were being
filled to the maximum to store as much water as possible before the
slick reaches the capital.
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