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UAE- Sharjah facility to double wastewater treatment capacity by 2022


Qatra Water Solutions (established in 2019) a company operating the strategic wastewater treatment assets in Sharjah is planning to double its treatment capacity by 2022. Qatra is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq and BESIX.

BESIX Group is a company based in Brussels, and one of the world’s major international contractors operating in construction and infrastructure.

Gurvan Dersel, General Manager at Qatra Water Solutions said:

“Today, we are focusing on expanding our wastewater treatment capacity. We target to double it by 2022 in order to cope with the increased population in Sharjah.”

A wastewater treatment plant is employed that treats more than 30,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day deriving from all over Sharjah. The treated water is primarily utilized in landscaping and construction sectors.

Dersel disclosed that by the end of June 2020 construction of a recycled water filling station in Bridi would be completed. The station will supply local farms with reliable and affordable water and also provide recycled water to a park in the vicinity of the facility.

Dersel commented on the company’s achievement:

“We have pushed sustainability to its maximum by transforming a wastewater plant into a bio refinery concept where anything going out can be improved and reused.”

Between the University of Sharjah and the Sharjah Research Academy there is an essential Research and Development partnership. The research involves investigating how to recycle treated water more extensively.

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