The expansion work of Jebel Ali Sewage Treatment Plant is now in phase two, and 19% of the work in phase two has been completed.
Mohamed Ahmed Al Rayes, acting director, Sewerage and Irrigation Department, said, “The expansion work, which costs around of AED1.3bn will increase the capacity of the plant from 375,000 cubic metres per day to 675,000 cubic metres per day.
The work, which will be completed in six phases, has three main objectives: absorbing excess influx from areas planned for Expo 2020, keeping pace with the upcoming projects in the emirate, and shifting some load from Warsan plant, which is currently running 27 percent above its design capacity to the Jebel Ali plant.
The plant carries out liquid waste treatment process as well as solid waste treatment process. Treated compost and water is sold to developers and farm owners.
"Treated water is pumped again through a pipeline network covering the whole of the Emirate of Dubai for use in irrigation of public parks and is sold to developers and farm owners," said Rayes.
Treated water is also used in firefighting systems. “Sewage plants also contribute to the infrastructure of firefighting systems. The Municipality provides water for fire extinguishers distributed throughout the Emirate. The drainage plants contribute 35 percent of water for the fire network," Rayes said.