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Jebel Ali Sewage Treatment Plant capacity to double soon

Work on doubling the capacity of Jebel Ali Sewage Treatment Plant is in full swing and 17% of the work in phase 2 has been completed since the start of expansion in May

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Work on doubling the capacity of Jebel Ali Sewage Treatment Plant is in full swing and 17 percent of the work in phase 2 has been completed since the start of expansion in May.

"The expansion work at a cost of AED 1.3 billion will increase the capacity of Jebel Ali Sewage Treatment Plant from 375,000 m3 / day to 675,000 m3 / day," said Eng. Mohamed Ahmed Al Rayes, acting Director of Sewerage and Irrigation Department.

He explained that the project consists of 6 phases in two main pathways, the liquid waste treatment process and solid waste treatment process. "It has a plant for the production of compost from solid waste which is sold to the public, which adds economic value to the project. The treated water is pumped again through a pipeline network covering the whole of the Emirate of Dubai for use in irrigation of public parks and is sold to developers and farm owners, which also adds economic value to the project," said Al Rayes.

"Side products of the process include methane, which is planned to be used in the production of electricity, thus saving energy consumption from the public network and in line with Dubai's sustainability policy. The project currently employs more than 1,000 employees, including engineers, technicians and workers," he said.

He explained the expansion work has three main objectives; absorbing the excess influx from the planned Expo 2020 areas, keeping pace with the upcoming expansion projects in the emirate, and shifting a certain percentage of loads of Warsan plant to Jebel Ali plant, as it is running 27 percent above its design capacity, reported WAM.

"It is also used to cool and moisturise the city and reduce the temperature in the hot areas, which are near the factories or non-cultivated places by extending them to the water to cultivate and reduce the heat by at least 4 degrees. Treated water is sprayed to stabilise the soil on the unpaved roads where dust flies, and at construction sites, to prevent soil erosion in open spaces," he said.

The treated water is used to support the biodiversity efforts as well. "We have different trees, flowers and birds whose bio-diversity is conserved by providing the infrastructure for cultivating different plants, as well as supporting conservation efforts of natural resources," said Al Rayes "Sewage plants also contribute to the infrastructure of firefighting systems. The Municipality provides water for fire extinguishers distributed throughout the Emirate. The drainage plants contribute 35 percent of water for the fire network," he explained.

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