Realising Oman’s fertile future
Haya Water, a registered trademark of Oman Wastewater Services Company S.A.O.C, was established in December, 2002 as an Omani closed joint-stock Company, wholly-owned by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman. Haya Water has been awarded the concession to develop, design, implement, operate and maintain the wastewater facilities in Muscat Governorate under the Royal Decree No. 69/2005.
Haya Water is steadily advancing to implement one of the largest engineering projects in the field of reuse of treated wastewater and is looking forward to accomplishing its primary objective of making Oman a better country by promoting higher health standards for all. This is achieved by reducing pollution caused by conventional wastewater systems, preventing the spread of diseases, epidemics and protecting groundwater resources from contamination, as well as maintaining the water reservoir for future generations.
Haya Water seeks to achieve its objectives of the water reuse project in accordance with the masterplan schedule, taking into account the construction boom and population growth witnessed by the Governorate of Muscat in order to deliver the wastewater services to the Williyats of Muscat Governorate as per the approved plan.
In view of the great achievements of Haya Water in the areas of planning, execution and management of wastewater projects in the Governorate of Muscat, the Government has assigned, in 2014, Haya Water the responsibility of the development, execution and management of wastewater facilities in all governorates (except Dhofar) where Haya Water took over the wastewater assets of 57 sewage treatment plants at 44 different wilayats.
Haya Water diligently works towards achieving its goals and mission through a structured wastewater project system and a clear vision of making Oman greener and healthier.
Services include: STPS & pumping stations (collection, conveyance and treatment of raw sewage); water reuse (distribution of treated effluent); a fully-accredited central laboratory facility; kala compost; and tanker services.
Across all strands the mission statement remains to serve society by converting wastewater into environment-friendly products.
Associated with life and greenery, the word ‘Haya’ itself means water or fertility; a poignant indicator of the entity’s core objectives.
To achieve the mission statement set out in the concession agreement, a Muscat Masterplan to develop the city’s infrastructure was conceived and the sewerage network infrastructure projects in Muscat were put in place accordingly. To date, Haya Water has grown its infrastructure to 902 Million Omani Rials.
The installation of the sewage networks was a massive undertaking as major parts of the city had to be excavated to depths of up to 15 metres to allow for the pipework to be installed. The infrastructure projects were then hampered by a super cyclone named Gonu in June, 2007 which devastated Muscat City. However, despite the project setbacks, the majority of sewage networks are now in place in Muscat.
The collection and conveyance of sewage to the sewerage treatment plants has grown in accordance with the Connectivity Plan, while the development of green field sites for sewage treatment facilities has grown in line with the Muscat Master Plan, which is directly trended towards population growth.
Gaining momentum over the past five years in particular, a decision was made in 2013 to realign Haya Water’s Muscat Masterplan towards the rapid growth of Muscat. The expansion of the existing sites and new sites are identified in the Implementation Roadmap as part of the revised 2013 Masterplan.
Currently, 10 percent of the Regional Governorate population are connected to a sewerage network, so the current strategy is to have Public
Private Partnerships (PPP) to develop the infrastructure in the Regional Governorates. In order to meet the sewage treatment requirements in the Regional Governorates the Regional Governorate Masterplan has been created and is now under review.
From this, Haya Water’s main improvement strategies are now to optimise the cost of treating sewerage to break even on revenue generated.
Inevitably, in developing such a track record and internal stability, Haya Water is in better stead to attain goods, works and services through open tenders and, of course, to ultimately realise its two masterplans.
Tangible examples of Haya Water’s journey towards masterplan fulfilment are numerable, and chief among them at present is the new facility at Darsait which is set for completion in 2018 to then serve the greater Mutrah area in the south of Muscat.