The water storage facilities mean Omans government is now able to keep the taps flowing during emergency situations
Entrant: Oman Public Authority for Electricity & Water (PAEW)
Project owner: PAEW
Consultant: Sogreah Oman
Architect: Sogreah Oman
Project management: Sogreah Oman
Weather damage means Omans water supply network can be disrupted during the sultanates annual torrential rains. This damage was particular severe when Cyclone Gonu hit in 2007.
To prevent residents of Muscat from experiencing water shortages, the Public Authority for Electricity & Water (PAEW) commissioned a project to guarantee the supply of water for at least seven days. The water storage reservoirs are expected to meet forecast demand up to 2035.
PAEW awarded the contract for the construction of six emergency water storage reservoirs in four different locations (Ruwi, Al-Wadi Kabir,
Al-Wattayah and Al-Qurum) to the local Al-Hassan Engineering Company.
Some challenges faced during the schemes execution included excavating huge quantities of rock (6 million cubic metres in total); blasting at three sites near residential areas; and gaining access to the excavation locations.
After the facilities at the Al-Qurum site were handed over, residents were able to obtain their required water supply without additional pumping. Moreover, PAEW now maintains seven days water stock to cater for any emergency situation.