Mustapha Sidi-Moussa, the head of the Directorate of Water Resources (DRE) in the wilaya of Timimoun, an Algerian province created back in 2019 in the Algerian Sahara, has announced that Timimoun Wastewater Treatment Plant, whose construction work is currently over 95% complete, will be operational before the end of January 2022.
Constructed at a cost of close to US$ 19.3M by Office National de l’Assainissement (National Sanitation Office, ONA), a national public industrial and commercial establishment (EPIC) responsible for the operation, maintenance, renewal, extension, and construction of sanitation works and infrastructure, the facility covers an area of 4 hectares and has a capacity of 13,000m3 per day.
Benefits of the Timimoun Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Timimoun Wastewater Treatment Plant will recover wastewater flowing in the outlets of the Timimoun, pass it through treatment lines before availing it to small-scale farmers for irrigation in the wilaya where rainfall does not exceed 100 mm per year.
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A total of 43,000 people will benefit from this project, which is part of the Algerian government’s policy to provide better sanitation services to its population and to mitigate the effects of water stress.
Other than protecting the environment from wastewater, the reuse of treated wastewater in Timimoun will also reduce the dependence of small farmers on depleting groundwater resources.