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Bahrain to invest $4bn in sewage systems upgrade

Work needed over coming years as the island’s population is set to increase by 100% by 2030

Bahrain to invest $4bn in sewage systems upgrade
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Bahrain is to spend nearly $4bn to improve the kingdom’s sewage facilities over the next two decades, it has been reported.

The Gulf island state has so far invested around BD460m ($1.21bn) in the sanitary sector since the 1980s, Khalifa Al Mansoor, the sanitary engineering assistant undersecretary at the Ministry of Works told reporters at a press conference.

Bahrain’s population is expected to reach 2.5m in 2030, from 1.24m in 2012, resulting in a 100 percent increase in sewerage flow.

As a result, the Bahrain Ministry of Works is now planning to spend another BD1.5bn ($3.95bn) between now and 2030 improving the sewage system in the kingdom, according to a report by the TradeArabia News Service

The investment will focus on the construction of treatment plants, transfer networks, internal networks and ongoing maintenance.

"In the past 3 decades, the ministry developed sanitary services in Bahrain through the implementation of a number of important projects that contributed to improving and expanding sanitary services throughout the Kingdom," Al Mansoor was quoted as saying.

"We succeeded in connecting around 95 percent of Bahrain’s population to sanitary services in 2013, which is a high percentage compared to advanced countries. By 2020, the percentage will increase to 100 percent according to our master plan," he added.

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