Muscat water supply to be ramped up

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Engineer Abdullah bin Ahmed al Arafati

By Zainab Al Nasseri — MUSCAT: Feb. 8 – The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) is implementing some projects on Thursday for achieving high operational efficiency, including laying a new 1,600mm water transmission line from the Ghubrah Desalination Plant. Work on the project, which will strengthen the water supply network in Muscat Governorate, will begin at 7 pm and is expected to be completed by 7 am on Friday.

Three major works will be carried out during the period, which includes the installation of a 600mm valve to regulate the entry of water from an 800mm capacity line to the Qurum reservoir and “performance testing” of 15 electronic valves installed at the new transmission line. The electronic valves will be monitored for their performance and managed from the national control and monitoring centre, SCADA.

PAEW has taken precautions to ensure the disruption of water supply is minimised when the work is on. The emergency reservoirs in Qurum can meet the demand for 48 hours and that in Watayyah for 24 hours. Reservoirs in Al Amerat and Ruwi, and tanks in Bustan, Mumtaz, Wadi Kabir and Qantab have been filled to capacity to reduce impact on residents of Muttrah, Al Amerat and and Qurum area.

Engineer Abdullah bin Ahmed al Arafati (pictured), senior operation manager in Muscat PAEW, said: “The installation of electronic valves will help PAEW regulate the supply from SCADA centre without visiting the site in case of break/leak in the transmission line.” A 1,200mm flow meter will be installed at the main transmission line and 600mm capacity valves on the transport feeder line in Qurum reservoirs. PAEW has asked people to save water and take precautions to ensure there is sufficient water in their tanks while the work on the project is on.