The Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project allows Qatar to overcome difficulties and meet the challenges of freshwater shortages, President of the Public Works Authority 'Ashghal', Dr Saad bin Ahmad al-Mohannadi said.
In a press statement on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project in Umm Slal Ali by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Ashghal president pointed out that the launch of the project demonstrates that the leadership takes into account the national security of the country by providing the largest water reservoir in the world.
He expressed pleasure that the launch of the Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project coincided with Qatar National Day celebrations due to its strategic importance, adding that this project is a milestone in the history of Qatar, as it meets its drinking water needs and achieves water security during crises and emergencies in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.
Managing Director & General Manager of Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), Fahad bin Hamad al-Mohannadi said that the Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project allows the production plants to carry out maintenance and rehabilitation of the stations, explaining that the huge quantities of water that will be stored in these reservoirs will give sufficient time for the production power plants to carry out maintenance and rehabilitation.
He added that in the past, power plants were under pressure to supply desalination plants and distribute water with electricity, but with reservoirs, power stations can be rehabilitated or built without being under pressure of water scarcity.
He also said that the Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project is comparable to the dams that are being built to collect rainwater and rivers in many countries and store them for times of necessity.
The strategic project of the mega reservoirs aims to increase Qatar's strategic water storage till 2026. The project consists of 24 reservoirs at a total capacity of 2,300 mn gallons. The project includes the installation of 650km pipelines with large diameters to form a spine joining all the key desalination plants together at the five specific reservoirs sites.
The capacity of each reservoir is 100mn gallons which is considered the largest concrete reservoir in the world. Each concrete reservoir will be 150 m by 300 m by 12 m deep. The reservoirs are unique in type and design. Each site consists of substantial pumping station and infrastructure to serve them.
The project was awarded in April 2015, while the foundation stone was laid in May 2015, and the experimental operation of a number of reservoirs was in June 2018.