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The Sulaibiya Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Plant is a groundbreaking project, not only in the Middle East, where it was the first infrastructure facility of its size to be executed on a BOT basis, but also worldwide as it is the largest of its kind using the reverse osmosis (RO) technique in the reclamation of domestic wastewater.

When it began operations, the plant had an initial treatment capacity of up to 425,000 cubic metres of raw domestic wastewater per day. The capacity can be expanded and may eventually reach 600,000 cubic metres per day during the 30-year concession period. The Sulaibiya plant treats around 60 per cent of Kuwait’s total domestic wastewater.

The concession period began on the 7th of July 2002. The plant was constructed in less than 29 months and the concessionaire is now operating and maintaining the plant until the expiry of the concession period.

The specifications of the reclaimed water produced from the Sulaibiya plant exceed the World Heath Organization (WHO) standards for potable water. However, the use of this reclaimed water is currently limited to agricultural and industrial applications, though it may possibly be used for a variety of other purposes such as gardening and for washing cars and buildings. In addition, it may be used be recharge underground aquifers to create a strategic reserve of stored water for Kuwait.

The Government of the State of Kuwait is committed to buying all the output of reclaimed water from the Sulaibiya Wastewater & Reclamation Plant.

 

 




 
 
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