The project will provide potable water to the residents of Jebel Akhdar. Eng Ahmed Nasser al Abri, project director, Diam explained, “Work on the 1.76mn gallon-per-day-capacity project began in August this year and is now around 60 per cent complete.
“When fully operational, it will supply water to consumers located some 38km away. The 120km network will cover all parts of Jebel Akhdar. Three reservoirs are being built with capacities ranging from 800m3 to 5,000m3 as part of the project.”
The most populous place on the mountain is the town of Seeq which is 1,700m above sea level. There are a number of other villages and hamlets scattered around the area on elevations ranging from 500m to above 2,000m. “This project is particularly challenging because of the topography of the region. While full commercial operation is scheduled for March 2019. Work on the project will be completed by 2018-end,” he said.
The project is in line with Diam’s strategy to provide potable water to all of Oman’s villages and towns. What makes this particular project unique is that it is being implemented despite the challenges posed by the topography of the surrounding area. This project is vital to the sustainable development of Jebel Akhdar and its local population. It will also support tourism investment and development in the mountainous region,” Eng Abri added.