New projects to achieve water security

January 22, 2014 - 2:52:49 am

The Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdulla bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani (second right) with Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada (second left) and Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, president of Kahramaa, during the inauguration of Kahramaa’s water pumping station in Duhail yesterday.  Kammutty VP

DOHA: Qatar yesterday launched projects to increase its strategic water reserves to enhance potable water storage for emergency use and improve the flow of water in areas where the pressure is low.

Existing reserves can fulfil the country’s needs for a month in an emergency.

Public utility Kahramaa yesterday launched five water projects that will raise the potable water storage capacity of Qatar by 126 percent to 561 million gallons. 

The projects, which involve a total investment of QR3.22bn, will be completed by 2017-end.

The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, launched one of the projects in Duhail.

The projects include building five new water reservoirs and pumping stations in Duhail, Umm Qarn, Mesaimeer, south Doha and Muathier and reservoirs at existing stations.

Addressing media persons, H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, said Kahramaa was working to implement a number of projects that would enhance the availability of water in various parts of the country through more reservoirs, pumping stations and pipelines. 

“Solar equipment will be installed on the surface of reservoirs to generate electricity,” he said. “This will also enable each reservoir to function independently using solar power in case of any emergency,” he said.

These projects will provide water to the residents facing the problem of low pressure. “The stations have been selected as per the geographical distribution to upgrade the water network and provide stable water supplies to all areas, especially those with low flow,” said Engineer Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, president of Kahramaa. 

“They ensure the availability of more than one station for one area to meet emergencies and avoid interruptions,” he said.

Kahramaa plans to launch more projects to increase the storage capacity of drinking water.

Engineer Ahmed Al Nasser, Kahramaa Technical Affairs Director, said, “Kahramaa is in the process of launching the mega water reservoirs project. The strategic project aims at providing huge water reserves to ensure better life.”

Duhail Reservoirs and Pumping Station is the largest in Qatar with one-third of the water reserves. It has a pumping station, six large reservoirs with a total capacity of 142 MIG. The station serves Lusail, Al Kheesa and Rowdat Al Hamam areas. 

The Umm Qarn RPS, which has five reservoirs with a capacity of 71 MIG , serves Umm Qarn, Semaisma and surrounding areas.

The South Doha RPS includes a pumping station and seven reservoirs, which have a total capacity of 84 MIG and serves Doha Airport, Al Hilal, Airport and Ain Khalid. Mesaimeer RPS contains a pumping station and six reservoirs with a total capacity of 108 MIG. It serves Mesaimeer and surrounding areas. Muathier RPS contains a pumping station and five large reservoirs with a capacity of 105 MIG. It serves Bani Hajir, Muathier, Al Sailiya and surrounding areas.