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Septech

Reduced water availability means the region is under pressure like never before to incorporate efficient water management strategies early on, says Ashruf Kamel, chief strategy officer of Septech.

Reduced water availability means the region is under pressure like never before to incorporate efficient water management strategies early on, says Ashruf Kamel, chief strategy officer of Septech.

The region's already overstretched water resources are coming under increased pressure from ongoing development in the GCC, particularly new greenery initiatives.

Commercial Outdoor Design finds out what landscape designers can do to mitigate water shortage from specialist water and infrastructure engineering firm Septech Emirates.

What is the history behind Septech Emirates?

Septech was founded in 1997. It was primarily focused on a pre-cast infrastructure at that time. Then three years ago, we looked at expanding the business, by exploring how we could build on some of the nursery and golf course construction opportunities.

Moving into the golf courses was relatively easy. As course designers often point out, water is the most important factor in the development and ongoing management of a golf course.

What services does Septech offer?

Septech's services cover water and wastewater treatment, landscape and environment, golf course construction, marinas and pre-case concrete products.

We are not consultants, but we have the capacity to do the preliminary evaluations and feasibility studies. We look at soil movements and geological information, for example. We also do design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance.

Which projects are you working on at the moment?

We are currently supplying a fairly large water facility for one of the islands in Abu Dhabi. We're also completing the second and third phase of the Dubai Marina expansion, on the Marina Mall and West Marina.

What new water technology innovations are you bringing to the market?

Most recently we've expanded into mobile water. There are some great applications for this technology. Mobile water is a containerised solution that is truck mounted and can therefore be deployed to any location within in a short timeframe.

Through the process of reverse osmosis, the unit can treat multiple sources of water (bore water, seawater, Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) potable water) producing a reliable source of high quality water output at approximately 1,000m³ per unit per day.

What can mobile water be used for?

Transporting water by tanker to a project site is just too expensive and a logistical nightmare. That's where we come in. Customers are buying a finished solution so there are no further requirements for additional contractors or consultants.

We deploy the units, prepare them for water production and manage their ongoing maintenance. We have just provided a temporary mobile water solution to the Tiger Woods nursery in Dubailand.

Are you seeing a rise in demand for alternative water solutions in landscaping as a result of the new sustainable design guidelines?

In some of the northern emirates, we've noticed a significant change at the conceptual stage. Some of the new projects are coming offline or getting postponed because of restrictions with access to water.

I don't think new guidelines are going to stop the industry from completing the landscaping in developments. Developers are becoming smarter, which is why we're trying to get involved from the beginning. We can see where the market's going. There are water scarcity issues everywhere.

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