Water ministry confirms smooth progress of Balqa wastewater treatment plant

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the Water Authority have issued a statement assuring the public that the Balqa wastewater treatment plant is progressing smoothly without any major disruptions.اضافة اعلان

Valued at €75 million, the Balqa wastewater treatment plant aims to establish a state-of-the-art facility with a capacity of 54,000 cubic meters based on the Design, Build, Operate (DBO) principle.

The project is funded through a €60 million loan from the French Development Agency (AFD) and a €15 million grant from the EU, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Improving environmental conditions
The primary objective of the Balqa wastewater treatment plant is to retire the existing Al-Baqaa treatment plant, which has been facing environmental and societal challenges due to operating at full capacity.

By decommissioning the Al-Baqaa plant, the project aims to mitigate these impacts and improve environmental conditions. Additionally, the project seeks to decommission the Ain Al-Basha pumping station, further enhancing the environmental situation in the area.

The new treatment plant will adhere to stringent standards and specifications, ensuring optimal performance. It is designed to cater to the needs of approximately 622,000 residents by the year 2040, serving over 60 newly developed residential areas across various parts of the Balqa Governorate.

Addressing public concerns and ensuring project efficiency
While acknowledging objections raised by some members of the public regarding the location of the treatment plant, the ministry assures that the project remains unaffected.

To address concerns and ensure smooth execution according to the established plan, a dedicated technical committee has been formed to oversee the project and maintain efficient progress in line with the defined objectives.

Deadline extension for construction of transmission lines
The ministry has extended the deadline for submitting bids for the construction of transmission lines leading to the new treatment plant. Interested parties now have until July 25, 2023, to submit their proposals to the Water Authority, which will oversee the execution of the project.

With a positive outlook, the ministry expresses confidence in completing all necessary procedures promptly.

By considering expert recommendations and adhering to the established timeline, the ministry anticipates commencing the implementation phase before the end of the current year.

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