Qatar to build 24 giant water reservoirs

Gulf Times of Qatar of  15 March 2015 informed that the country is planning to build 24 mega reservoirs in five different parts of the country in a bid to boost its water storage capacity to 2,400 million gallons by 2026.

The new reservoirs, each of which will be spread over an area of 1 km², will be coming up in Umm Baraka, Umm Salal, Rawdat Al Rashid, Abu Nakhla and Al Thumama areas at an estimated cost of $4.6 billion, reported the Gulf Times.

The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) elaborated on the scope of work that includes excavation and landscaping, laying of main pipelines and accompanying pipelines and construction of the reservoirs.  The first phase of the ambitious project will include laying of nearly 650 km of pipelines besides the construction of the reservoirs, the report added.

No details were however given as to the source and / or origins of the waters to be stored in these reservoirs.

On completion, these reservoirs, which will have a capacity of 100 million gallons, are set to become the largest concrete reservoirs in the world, the report added citing KAHRAMAA officials.

KAHRAMAA said it is now working on the second phase of the water project, which is targeted to meet the country’s requirements until 2036.

It also gave details of its projects as follows:

Project Background and Objectives

Due to the continuous growth and development in Qatar, and consequently the huge increase in water demand, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) has decided to launch an ambitious water project to provide 7 days strategic water storage within its network system.

Project Description

The project entails construction of five potable water mega reservoirs sites and interconnecting network of large diameter water pipelines. Each reservoirs site will ultimately comprise up to nine reservoirs, each of which will be the largest of their type in the world.

Further reading is at the KAHRAMAA’s website quoted above.