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Qatar to irrigate land with treated wastewater

Chiefly for agriculture, plans will pave way for water sustainability

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Qatar will irrigate cattle land with treated wastewater. (Getty Images)
Qatar will irrigate cattle land with treated wastewater. (Getty Images)

In a move those concerned over the Middle East’s water security will find reassuring, Qatar has started the large-scale use of treated sewage water for irrigation.

While the move comes in an attempt to encourage agricultural production, the Ministry of Agriculture’s decision to begin irrigating 833 sq km of saline land will pave the way for further water reuse projects in the region. The use of wastewater has been unpopular in the Middle East, but experts have said that it’s a system that will need to be implemented on a far wider scale if the region is to stabilise its water security situation.
 

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