Posted on August 01, 2014

Qatar’s ongoing ‘drinking water security programme’ received a boost as the French company Saint-Gobain PAM signed two contracts with AlJaber Engineering LLC worth $268m (200m euros). The contracts involve the supply of large-diameter pipes, fittings and valves for five giant water reservoirs to be launched by General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa).

“The contracts are part of the ‘security mega reservoirs’ project managed by Kahramaa, which aims at providing the country with a seven-day emergency supply of drinking water,” the French multinational company announced. The reservoirs will be among the biggest in the region with a capacity to hold water for the whole country for several days in case of any emergency. The mega storage facilities will be based in Umm Birka, Umm Salal, Al Thumama, Rawdhat Rashid and Abu Nakhla. The reservoirs will have an integrated network to link Doha with different parts of the country. 

The project is proposed to be completed in two phases. The first is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2016 and the facility will have a capacity to meet Qatar’s piped water demand for seven days, in the event of an emergency. The second phase will commence shortly after the  commissioning of the initial phase and is expected to be completed by 2020. Once the project is fully commissioned, the reservoirs together will be capable of storing potable water required for three months.

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An earlier report said the reservoirs and pipeline network, with the support of respective pumping stations, will provide up to 17 million cubic metres of strategic potable water storage. The network will allow water to flow from north to south and vice-versa, so that it may be delivered to any location in eastern Qatar irrespective of water availability. A 200km network of large diameter ring mains will link the reservoirs.

The pumping stations of the reservoirs will be powered by electricity generated by solar panels. Solar equipment will be installed on the surface of the reservoirs to generate electricity, enabling each reservoir to function independently, using solar power in case of outages or disruptions.

Qatar’s per capita water consumption is one of the highest in the world. The country has initiated several measures, the most important being Tarsheed, to create awareness about the need to use water and electricity wisely. The campaign has helped the country reduce consumption substantially in the past one year.

source: The Peninsula