90m gallons of water now on tap in Bahrain
Manama, March 19, 2009
Bahrain's drinking water supplies are being boosted by 60 million gallons a day, following the opening of a $400 million (BD151 million) project.
The third and final phase of the Hidd Power Company's (HPC) desalination project was officially opened by Works Minister and Minister in charge of the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) Fahmi Al Jowder.
It increases output from 30 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD) to 90 million gallons of top quality drinking water - 75 per cent of the country's current needs.
'All water produced by the plant now meets World Health Organisation (WHO) drinking water standards,' said Al Jowder.
'The increase in production also enables us to reduce the ground water extraction from 25 million gallons to 10 million gallons a day.'
It means top quality drinking water on tap throughout Bahrain, he said.
HPC took over the Al Hidd Power and Water Station from the Bahrain government in January 2006.-TradeArabia News Service