Reused effluent to reach 20% of Muscat by end 2011

The Ghala Golf Club in Muscat, Oman, is the latest facility to receive millions of litres of treated effluent for irrigation from Haya Water, as the company continues to expand its customer base for reused wastewater across the Muscat area.

The Al Ansab SMBR plant is one of the largest of its type in the world.

The Al Ansab SMBR plant is one of the largest of its type in the world.

The treated effluent is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution to large-scale water users, who otherwise have to use desalinated water or deplete existing groundwater supplies.

Commenting on the new contract, engineer Khalid al Lawati, senior area manager for Haya Water, said, "We are delighted to finish this project and add Ghala Golf Club to our growing number of customers in the Muscat Governorate area who are able to benefit from the treated effluent that our water reuse project is producing."

The effluent will be provided to the golf club via a 6 km pipeline from Haya Water's Al Ansab treatment plant, which includes what is considered to be the largest submerged membrane bioreactor treatment plant that came into operation early in 2011.

The connection line to Ghala Golf Club will also provide Haya Water with a valuable connection point to supply treated effluent to customers along the Muscat Expressway and other customers. A significant length of the pipeline has been constructed alongside the Expressway route.

Haya Water's massive water reuse project is now well under way and will be one of the biggest infrastructure developments of its kind and complexity ever seen in the Gulf region. By the end of 2011, an estimated 20% of properties within Muscat governorate will have been connected to the new system.

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