Treated waste wa­ter supplied to farms helps boost food se­cu­rity

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 24: Many peo­ple tend to over­look the key role of man­ag­ing the op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of pump­ing sta­tions and sewage pu­rifi­ca­tion, that helps pre­serve the ma­rine and ter­res­trial en­vi­ron­ment from pol­lu­tion, thanks to waste wa­ter treat­ment, which is then supplied to the Al-Wafra and Ab­dali farms to sat­isfy their needs with treated wa­ter for their crops which helps en­hance food se­cu­rity in the coun­try, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

When the Al-Rai daily vis­ited the pump­ing and pu­rifi­ca­tion sta­tions con­trol cen­ter in Ard­hiya, the di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of Op­er­a­tion and Main­te­nance of Pump­ing and Treat­ment Sta­tions and Treated Wa­ter Pu­rifi­ca­tion Sta­tions in the San­i­tary En­gi­neer­ing Sec­tor, Ali Abu Al-Banat, ex­plained the ef­forts ex­erted by the ad­min­is­tra­tion em­ploy­ees in the op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance of the sta­tions, in or­der to pre­serve the en­vi­ron­ment from any pol­lu­tants and to save the treated wa­ter to be used for field crops.

While re­fer­ring to the sep­a­ra­tion of the sewage net­work lines from the rain­wa­ter net­work lines, in or­der to pre­serve the treated waste­water from any con­tam­i­nants that may be at­tached to it af­ter be­ing treated, he pointed out some peo­ple some­times open the sewage net­work man­holes cov­ers, as a re­sult of rain­wa­ter mixes with the sewage wa­ter which is one of the causes why the sewage wa­ter over­flows.

He said, the san­i­ta­tion net­works do not have any de­sign prob­lems, but they al­ways bear the brunt when some­one opens the man­holes. This is in ad­di­tion to some plot own­ers who dis­creetly con­nect their waste wa­ter line di­rectly to the sewage net­works.

He ex­plained the san­i­tary en­gi­neer­ing sec­tor is one of the most im­por­tant sec­tors of the min­istry as it plays a vi­tal and ef­fec­tive role in pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and pre­serv­ing the health of cit­i­zens and res­i­dents in Kuwait, as well as its role in re­new­ing its in­fras­truc­ture in its var­i­ous dis­persed ar­eas, point­ing out that the ad­min­is­tra­tion al­ways seeks to make the most of treated waste­water. The waste wa­ter is treated us­ing the lat­est in­ter­na­tional tech­nol­ogy and tech­niques in line with the stan­dards adopted by the En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (EPA).

Re­gard­ing what is be­ing said from time to time about a lot of con­fu­sion be­tween the prob­lems caused by rain­wa­ter net­works and sewage net­works, he said, “The min­istry usu­ally makes prepa­ra­tions three or four months be­fore the on­set of the rainy sea­son by clean­ing the net­works associated with rain and sew­ers re­lated to it, so that these net­works can ab­sorb the rain that fall in the win­ter sea­son, af­firm­ing that the sewage net­work lines are sep­a­rated from the rain­wa­ter net­work lines.”

He added, the min­istry plays an ef­fec­tive role in mon­i­tor­ing net­works, whether re­lated to rain or waste­water, and to un­cover il­le­gal con­nec­tions in co­or­di­na­tion with the EPA and takes le­gal ac­tion against vi­o­la­tors.

For her part, the chief in­dus­trial en­gi­neer in the Depart­ment of Op­er­a­tions and Main­te­nance of Sta­tions, Huda Al-Lan­gawi, said she su­per­vises 7 pu­rifi­ca­tion plants dis­trib­uted over the re­gions of Kuwait, the largest of which is the Su­laibiya pu­rifi­ca­tion plant, which has a ca­pac­ity of 600,000 cu­bic me­ters, which is not the largest in Kuwait alone but rather it is the largest in the world in terms of treat­ment qual­ity.

Al-Lan­gawi in­di­cated the min­istry pro­duces ap­prox­i­mately one mil­lion cu­bic me­ters of treated wa­ter per day and pointed out that all pump­ing and pu­rifi­ca­tion sta­tions are linked to the con­trol cen­ter in Ard­hiya, which is con­sid­ered the op­er­a­tion room of the san­i­tary en­gi­neer­ing sec­tor.

Photo by Saud Salem

Al-Lan­gawi shows how to mon­i­tor the pump­ing and pu­rifi­ca­tion sta­tions from the con­trol room.

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