Bids open for emergency reservoirs in Muscat
Competition to bring emergency water to Oman's capital
The competition to win a contract which will secure Oman’s emergency water supplied has started, as construction firms clamour to bid on Muscat’s emergency reservoirs project.
The plan is to create a network of 12 emergency storage reservoirs at strategic sites around the capital, which are designed to be deployed in the event of a supply crisis or technical breakdown in the city’s water supply.
The network forms part of an emergency plan, designed after a cyclone in 2007 left large areas of the city without water for days. Muscat also relies heavily on its desalination plants to supply water to the city, and a breakdown of these could be covered by the reservoir network.
The winning contractor, as well as integrating the reservoir network into the existing water supply, would also be responsible for the installation of pumping stations and the connecting pipeline. Currently, the proposed sites for the reservoirs are Muscat, Ruwi, Al Wadi al Kabir, Mumtaz Area, Al Amerat, Qurum, Bausher, New Bausher, Ghala Airport Heights, Seeb, Al Khoudh, Rusayl and Barka.