Work under way for Muscat treated water network
Muscat, May 15, 2011
Work is under way to implement a network for distributing treated water, produced by plants currently under construction, in Muscat.
The water reuse project, developed by Haya Water in Muscat governorate, is one of the major development projects under way in the city, said a statement.
Eng Omar Al Wuhaibi, CEO of Haya Water, said: 'The water reuse project aims at protecting the environment against pollution resulting from the outflow of the traditional sewage tanks, especially the outflow of untreated sewage has adverse impact on health and result in spread of diseases and epidemics. Moreover, it causes offensive smell that makes life intolerable in the affected areas.
“The project also aims at providing treated effluent to be used in irrigation and planting purposes. This in turn will reduce the consumption of fresh water in such works. The treatment process is designed as per the world-class standards and best practices in this field using the most advanced technologies. The plants are designed to treat sewage in three phases which allows us to use the treated effluent in irrigation and plantation purposes,' he said.
All Haya Water treatment plants use the membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology , one of the best technologies used in the world to get high quality treated water free of any pollutants, he said.
Haya Water will implement a 290,000 m long network for the transportation and distribution of treated water. The network covers the provinces from wilayat of Greater Muttrah to the wilayat of Barka. The main pipeline will be of 1000 mm diameter and the subsidiary conduits between 100 and 500 mm. These networks will transport the treated effluent to beneficiaries, he said.
About 50 million litres per day of treated effluent has been earmarked for irrigation purposes by Muscat Municipality to irrigate parks and public garden as well as the plants and trees on Sultan Qaboos Road. Muscat Hills project is provided by 3,475,350 litres of treated effluent per day, compared to 38,217 litres per day for Diwan of Royal Court, 29,533 litres per day for the Aviation Club, 842,424 litres per day for Wentworth Golf Course and 62,344 litres per day for W J Towell, Al Wuhaibi.
“The water treatment plants now produce about 75 million litres of treated water per day to be increased to 140 million litres per day when the project is completed by 2018. About 80 per cent of Muscat residents will be connected to the sewage networks. This in turn will contribute to increasing the greenery in Muscat provinces and wilayats,' he added .
Haya Water, established in 2002, is a fully state-owned company. The company designs, builds and operates water reuse projects in Muscat governorate. -TradeArabia News Service