Kahramma earmarks QR 31 billion for new projects
Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) president Essa bin Hilal al-Kuwari has called upon GCC member states to explore long-term solutions to overcome the alarming situations they are facing on the water issue. While insisting on the necessity of implementing practicable and systematic strategies to tide over the water crisis, Kahramaa president said Qatar and the other GCC countries are determined to find effective and long lasting solutions to the issue. The Kahramaa chief said this while delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 10th Gulf Water Conference at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha yesterday. Though there is no doubt that there have been so many achievements for the member states in several areas, each of them faces a daunting task as far as water is concerned in view of the huge growth expected in the region’s population in the next one decade. Water, food and energy, said al-Kuwari, are the three main sources that constituted the foundation for achieving development in all sectors. Speaking on Kahramaa’s role in building up the three main sources, he said the corporation had spent more than QR11bn in upgrading and launching projects in the water sector in the last five years. The president said the corporation had earmarked about QR31bn for implementing new projects in the water sector in the next five years from 2012 to 2016. “We are also in the process of building huge water reservoirs and also upgrade the levels of ground water as a strategic reserve. Kahramaa has paid great attention to the conservation of water and electricity by educating the public through periodical campaigns. And we are in the process of setting up a water desalination plant to be operated by solar energy on the principle of reverse osmosis,” he disclosed. Speaking later at the opening session, chairman of Water Science and Technology Association (WSTA) president Ali Redha Hussain said the presence of a large number of experts at the three-day conference had come as a big boost to the GCC which are in the process of evolving new strategies for meeting their growing requirements in drinking water. He said in the 25years since its formation in 1987, WSTA had made a remarkable progress towards accomplishing its goals by leveraging the know-how of its members in recognizing the issues concerning water scarcity.
Source: Gulf Times