The ground breaking Water Reuse Project, developed by Haya Water in the Muscat Governorate is one of the major infrastructure Projects underway not only in the Sultanate, but in the GCC states generally.
The Project is directly linked to people’s environmental health and safety, and the completion of the Project will be a qualitative leap for Muscat residents.
Commenting on the aims and objectives of the Project, Eng. Hussain Abdul Hussain, 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 and especially the outflow of untreated sewage. This can have a serious impact on health and can result in the spread of diseases and epidemics. Moreover, it causes offensive smell that makes life intolerable in the affected areas.”
Eng. Hussain Abdul Hussain added “As an additional benefit, the Water Reuse Project aims at providing treated wastewater to be used in irrigation and planting purposes. This in turn will reduce the consumption of fresh water in such activities. The treatment process is designed as per the world-class standards and best practices in this field using the most advanced technologies. The wastewater treatment plants are designed to treat sewage in three phases which allows us to use the treated wastewater in irrigation, increasing agricultural productivity and plantation purposes.”
Haya Water is implementing a 290 kilometer 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 with a main pipeline of 1000 millimeter diameter and between 100-500 millimeter diameters for the subsidiary conduits.
These networks will transport the treated wastewater to beneficiaries. All Haya Water Treatment Plants use the Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology, one of the most modern technologies used in the world to generate quality treated water free of any pollutants
About 50 million litres per day of treated wastewater 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. In addition, all green golf courses in the Muscat Governorate benefit from Treated Effluent provided by Haya Water such as supplying five millions liters per day for Almouj at the Wave, one and quarter million liters per day for Ghala Valley Golf Club. The Muscat Hills project also is provided by three and a half million liters of treated water per day, compared to 45 thousand liters per day for Aviation Club, 99 thousand liters per day for the Al Qala Club and 25 thousand liters per day for Royal Opera House.
“The Water Treatment Plants now produce about 80 million liters of Treated Water per day, and this will increase to 220 million liters per day when the project is completed by 2018. It is expected that 80% of Muscat residents will be connected to the sewage networks by that time. This in turn will contribute to increasing the greenery in Muscat Wilayats in addition to increasing agricultural productivity in the coast of Al Batinah.” Eng. Hussain Abdul Hussain added
As for the use of Treated Effluent in increasing the underground water reserves, Haya Water’s CEO said “Many studies are conducted by the company in collaboration with respective organizations such as Sultan Qaboos University and others to calculate the benefit from the Treated Effluent in increasing the ungrounded water reservoirs and investigating other uses such as pumping water underground in special circumstances. For example, the Treated Effluent may help to reduce the salinity problem faced in some coastal communities. The high demand for underground water lowers the levels of groundwater, which in turn causes an inflow of salty seawater. To address this problem, Treated Effluent may be pumped to this area. This will reduce the seeping of salty water into the layers of fresh water. It should be noted that this practice is used by a number of countries worldwide.”
‘Haya Water Treatment Plants treated wastewater meets the international parameters for Treated Effluent. The Treated Effluent produced by Haya Water is under direct monitoring by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs. Haya water has also established a specialized laboratory to test the Treated Effluent before being transported and distributed onto beneficiaries. Samples are also collected regularly from the different STPs to ensure that they meet the parameters stipulated in the Ministerial Decision No 93/145, he continued.
Haya Water endeavors to protect environment against pollution by transferring sanitary drainage water into treated water. The company plays an active role in the development process witnessed by the Sultanate under the wise guidance of H.M Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.
The company takes inspiration from the wise directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, which help the company to overcome the challenges and ensure proper implementation of this major project.
Haya Water’s vision is to enable Muscat to become one of the top cities in the world by building and operating a world class Water Reuse System that connects at least 80% of the residential and commercial properties by the year 2018 and brings enormous environmental benefits to the Muscat Governorate area.
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