(KSA 3) Water Use and Waste
THRUST 2: Water Supply And Treatment Technology
The provision and supply of affordable and reliable water, of sufficient quality and quantity for domestic and economic (industrial/commercial and mining) activities, remain continuous challenges. Research support for these activities is the focus of this thrust. Linked to water supply is the all-important aspect of the protection of human health. The objective of this thrust is to develop innovative technologies, processes and procedures that address aspects related to bulk water supply, water treatment technology, distribution and water quality.
Current programmes are:
Programme 1: Drinking water treatment
Scope: The programme aims to acquire
adequate understanding of potable water treatment processes and related
activities and to be able to assist in treating our scarce water
resources in the most efficient and cost-effective way to an acceptable
quality for potable and industrial use. Expected outcomes include
improved and more cost-efficient process technologies, increased
operational efficiency of treatment plants and an improved manpower
training level and knowledge base.
Programme 2: Water treatment for rural
Scope: This programme aims to produce
innovative and appropriate water treatment and supply technologies and
processes that will ensure an adequate supply of safe and clean drinking
water for rural communities.
Programme 3: Drinking water quality
Scope: The programme aims to protect
human health by ensuring that water supplies are of acceptable quality
and standards. Outcomes include improved analytical methodologies,
treatment technologies and hygiene practices.
Programme 4: Water distribution and
Scope: The programme aims to optimise
the quality, quantity and reliability of the distribution and supply of
treated potable water to the end-users. The programme has the following
expected outcomes: To develop reliable processes in predicting and
improving the operational efficiencies in distribution systems, with the
purpose of reducing both capital and operational costs. To ensure that
the quality and quantity of water is maintained in the distribution
system - from the water treatment plant to the furthest end user. To
develop innovative methods, tools and processes that will improve system
integrity and reliability.
Linkages to Government outcomes
These research results are in direct support of the following outputs under Outcomes 6, 7 and 10 of the Programme of Action of The Presidency as announced in May 2010:
Outcome 6: An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network
Outcome 7: Vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities and food security for all
Outcome 10: Environmental assets and natural resources that are well protected
Output 1: Enhanced quality and quantity of water resources
Output 2: Reduced greenhouse gas emissions, climate change impacts and improved air/atmospheric quality