Not only is the vast majority of Baghdad subsisting on generator power and a severe water shortage, the sewage plants are either not working, or on the verge of not working.
One of three sewage treatment plants is out of commission, one is working at stuttering capacity while a pipe blockage in the third means sewage is forming a foul lake so large it can be seen "as a big black spot on Google Earth," said Tahseen Sheikhly, civilian spokesman for the Baghdad security plan.
Facilities that were already aging before the invasion are falling apart. Sheikhly is quick to point out the number of new schools and health clinics that have been built or repaired over the last year, but then he follows up with the fact that full electricity will take several years to restore because of the damage sustained during the fighting. What's the point of having a bunch of new buildings with no power to give them? What kind of service is a clinic with no electricity going to be able to provide? Too bad we didn't keep track of all that money that went missing or to fatten up the contractors, so that we could actually avoid turning Iraq into a Third-world country.And here is the rest of it.