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Reclamation of Utility Water Fulfilling WHO Drinking Water Requirements from Domestic Sewage - The Sulaibiya Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Project

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The Sulaibiya Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Plant (WWTRP) comprises mechanical pre-treatment, conventional activated sludge (BNR) treatment, tertiary treatment in disc filters, membrane treatment (ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis) and disinfection. The sludge generated is thickened, digested aerobically and dried in sludge drying beds. Sulaibiya WWTRP is designed for 600,000 m3/d ultimate capacity. In phase 1 the plant was constructed for 375,000 m3d capacity. Approx. 83% of the incoming wastewater is reclaimed with the remaining 17% being discharged to the sea. In 2001 the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) concluded a concession contract with the Utilities Development Company (UDC) to design, finance, build and operate the project for an overall period of 30 years. Construction started July 2002 and water is reclaimed since November 2004. Project implementation together with operational experiences and lessons learned within the first years of operation are presented in this paper.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2008

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