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Posted On: 27 August 2011 10:36 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

WHO gives top marks to water quality in Qatar

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has put its stamp of approval on the quality of desalinated water produced and distributed in Qatar through a vast pipeline network that criss-crosses the country. Among the countries that rely on desalinated water, the water in Qatar is the best, the WHO said in a report, a local Arabic daily said yesterday. The total production capacity for desalinated water has reached a staggering 110 million gallons per day in the country. The capacity of Ras Qirtas in the North is 65 million gallons per day while the capacity of Ras Abu Fontas in Doha is 45 million gallons per day, the daily said. And a highlight is that Qatar recently introduced one of the world’s most advanced technologies to monitor the quality of the desalinated water distributed through its pipeline network. A National Control Centre has been set up and the monitoring programme is being launched in two phases. The first phase consists of plans to monitor the pipeline network. The centre is technologically so advanced that if there is a problem anywhere in the network it would be instantly identified. An emergency repair team would be immediately dispatched to the site and it would fix the problem at the earliest. Such repair work is planned to be so fast that by the time the consumers realises that there is a problem that needs to be fixed, the emergency team would have carried out the repair. Old pipeline networks in the country have already been replaced with new ones, the daily said. The second phase of the plan comprises fixing problems like leakages. The centre will immediately detect any leakage in the pipeline anywhere in the entire network. An instant report would be sent out to the departments concerned and a team would reach the spot and fix the problem, the daily said. The above monitoring system that is being put in place is the first of its kind to be introduced in any Middle Eastern or GCC country. It plans to monitor the quality of water being produced, the distribution network as well as the pressure at which the water flows in the network. There are in all 23 pumping stations in the country, with an estimated 145 pumping sub-stations.