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Wed 30 May 2007 04:27 PM

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Abu Dhabi to start charging for sewerage services

The charges are expected to be introduced in the future as the emirate's system is under growing strain.

The managing director of the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) has said he expects charges for sewerage services in the emirate to be introduced in future.

Alan Thomson said he could not foresee the subsidy for the services being maintained.

"Currently there is no charge for the wastewater service in Abu Dhabi but the future is that we will start charging for the service to some degree," said Thomson, adding that when the charges will come is still to be decided.

The emirate's sewerage system, constructed in the 1970s, is being placed under increasing strain in light of a growing population and a large number of mega-projects all demanding rapid implementation of sewerage systems.

"Our pumping stations are running 24 hours-a-day, even though they had never been designed to do that," said Thomson.

Though people always want things done ‘yesterday', Thomson pointed out that sewerage infrastructure needed to be planned for the long-term. He envisages a new wastewater treatment works (WWTW) for Abu Dhabi in the next five years, and re-iterated his desire to recycle 100% of the company's treated effluent.

Approximately 70% of the 400 000 m³ per day of effluent is recycled at present, whilst the remainder is pumped out into the Arabian Gulf.

Thomson added that he saw potential and untapped application for the effluent in the construction industry and in district cooling.

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