In an endeavor to connect various experiences and backgrounds from different entities regarding wastewater treatment, Sharjah research academy hosted a roundtable discussion on the topic of the feasibility of wastewater reuse in the city of Sharjah.
The roundtable brought together industry leaders and experts from academia, companies and governmental institutions to have an open discussion and share their knowledge on the topic to help take official steps in regulating the use of treated waste water.
The event started by Prof. Mufid Samarai welcoming the guests and giving a short introduction about SRA and its role in wastewater management research before introducing Prof. Amr Abdel-Hamid who welcomed the guests and gave a brief introduction on the importance of water and finding solutions to extract clean water molecules from waste sources.
After that Prof. Hamid Al Naimiy welcomed the guests and agreed necessity of finding waste water treatment solutions. He also praised the role of University of Sharjah in supporting scientific research.
Then Dr. Leon Awerbuch presented his keynote on hyprid desalination system for the reuse of treated municipal sewage effluent (TSE), followed by Eng. Esam Al Mulla presenting SEWA’S effort for the development of 50 MIG storage fresh water in the emirate of Sharjah by utilizing ASR technology. Finally, Prof. Abdallah Shanablah,Dr. Sourjya and Mr. Gurvan Dersel presented the project findings “Reuse of Treated Effluent from Al-Saja’a Wastewater Treatment Plant, Sharjah, UAE” and the expected outcomes.
After the break, the roundtable discussion started with Mr. Eryl Edwards lead and contributions from the attendees. Dr. Leon Awerbuch emphasized on the efficiency of 3-membrane treatment system for enhancing the quality of treated water and he emphasized on the flexibility of Islamic laws which encourage water conservation and sustainable solutions.
Eng. Essam Al Mulla showed a comparison between a water bottle brought from the UAE and a water bottle sold in Singapore. He assured on necessity of governmental regulation to generalize the use of treated wastewater as well as the right approach to the public. He mentioned the use of gray water, which is already being used in Sharjah, which will help in further regulations.
Eng. Zahra Yousif from DPW said that religion and higher authority has a leading role in the regulation of the treated wastewater use. She emphasized on the importance of EPAA authority to help regulate the treated wastewater. She also emphasized on the importance of the good integration for government money.
In his part, Prof. Abdallah Shanablah said that the authority, industry and academia must work together to regulate the use of treated wastewater.
Finally, Prof Mufid Samarai emphasized on the necessity of putting a time schedule to the steps and tasks to be taken by each side and follow up procedure to ensure the implementation of the recommendations discussed in this roundtable.