Water services is a ‘global challenge’
Kuwait, January 29, 2014
Water services represent one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century, said an expert.
John Tattersall, Black & Veatch’s new global director of Water Technology, said: “Growing scarcity, rapid urbanisation, climate change, tightening regulatory controls and environmental protection,” are key issues common to all water utilities and agencies around the world.
As the new leader of Black & Veatch’s water technology group, Tattersall will head a more than 60 cross-discipline global teams of experts in the company’s water business.
“We see a continuing tightening of water quality standards and a drive to meet tougher discharge limits,” he said.
Tattersall also pointed out the paradigm shift away from sewage being viewed as a problem, to its recognition as an increasingly valuable resource.
“There is a huge desire within the industry to do more with less,” he said.
“By reappraising wastewater treatment infrastructure we have the potential to engineer new sources of water, power and nutrients.”
Project examples in the Middle East include a wastewater treatment plant in Cairo, serving as the main treatment plant for the Greater Cairo Wastewater Project with an ultimate capacity of 3,000 mega litres per day. - TradeArabia News Service