The Kurdistan Ministry of Agriculture and Water is building three small dams to tackle the water crisis near Koya, Sulaimaniyah.
Minister Jamil Suleiman told AKnews that the projects in Bawajan, Qoritan and Timarok villages will cost $552,500.
The projects are funded from the 2011 ministry budget, have already been started, and will be completed within two years, the minister said.
Each dam will be able to store up to 350,000 cubic meters of water from the springs and streams crossing the area.
It is two years since the Ministry announced its five-year plan to construct eight large and 19 small dams. After the projects get underway the issue of drinking water and raising consumption of the underground water will be solved.