Muscat: Haya Water has signed an agreement with Tabreed Oman Company to sell treated wastewater. As per the agreement, Haya Water will provide approximately 2,000 cubic metre of water per day for the ‘Palm Mall’ project in Al Mabella to be used for the cooling systems.
The agreement was signed by Eng. Hussain Hassan AbdulHussain, chief executive officer of Haya Water, and Salem Saeed Al Farsi, chief executive officer of Tabreed Oman, according to a press release.
"We are pleased to sign this agreement with Tabreed Oman as this project is considered the third of its kind after the Panorama Mall project and the Sand Castle project. Al-Dhakhry predicted that other governmental and private organisations shall follow in the footsteps of Tabreed Oman to use treated wastewater instead of consuming fresh water. The cost of treated wastewater is much less than that of fresh water. Using treated wastewater reduces the depletion of fresh water, considered a national treasure that must be preserved for future generations,” said Hilal Khalfan Nasser Al Dhakhry, general manager of Business Development and Customer Service.
Al Dhakhry also emphasised that Haya Water is making a steady progress in implementing wastewater treatment projects and producing water suitable for various purposes, such as for irrigation of landscapes and playgrounds, road construction works and cooling processes. The wastewater project’s ultimate aim is to protect the environment from pollution resulting from the overflow of conventional septic tanks. Such pollution has a negative impact on environment as well as public health.
Salem Saeed Al Farsi said the company intends to use treated wastewater instead of fresh water for the cooling process due to its low cost and help protect the environment.
"We hope that our cooperation with Haya Water will continue in the future through purchase of treated wastewater for other projects that Tabreed Oman intends to implement,” added Al Farsi.
There are 11 sewage treatment plants (STPs) all over the Muscat Governorate with a total capacity of about 170,792 cubic metres per day. These STPs are connected to wastewater networks with a total length of about 1,874 kilometres (Kms) and treated wastewater network of about 312 kilometres.
As for the assets in other governorates assigned to Haya Water by the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, there are 57 STPs with a total capacity of up to 52,425 cubic metres per day linked to wastewater networks of about 771 kms and treated wastewater distribution networks of up to 22 kms.