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Qatar water demand to rise by 56.5% by World Cup

The host nation will need 408 MIGD when 2022 comes around.

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Doha, Qatar
Doha, Qatar

Qatar’s water demand is expected to rise by over 50% in the run up to the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

The host nation will need 482mn imperial gallons per day (MIGD), including an additional demand of 32MIGD for up to three months during the tournament.

Current daily consumption is about 308MIGD, which is one of the highest rates per capita in the world.

At 430ltr a day, it is forecast to grow consistently, by 56.5%, over the next eight years.

Ahmed Al Darwish, manager, Water Operation and Control Department at Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), said: “We think that the demand forecast will not level off beyond 2022, but it will slow down after the mega-event.

“Our strategy of water supply is not confined to only for 2022… All the water facilities that we are developing will be useful beyond 2022,” he assured.

He said that reducing water loss in the distribution network at a level similar to the most developed countries and establishing smart-grid systems, are some of the utility distributor’s immediate goals.

Kahramaa is undertaking a number of projects which are either in the planning and tendering stage, or in the construction process. Some of the water supply networks being developed along the Salwa Road include Mekaines, Umm Al Zubar, Wadi Lejmal, Al Karaana, Umm Hawta and Al Aamriya.

The total water networks included in those projects is more than 200km with a reservoir pump station at Mukaines, which is expected to be commissioned in the next two to three years.

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