Water Wisdom in Kuwait: Sulaibiya Wastewater Treatment
Kuwait is in the cradle of one of the most ancient corners of the world. Kuwait City, the country’s capital, is a bright, shining metropolis. Resorts dot the coast, while plains give way to oil excavation.
However the region is also one of the most water scare areas over the globe as well. Home to 6.3 percent of the world’s largest population, it contains only 1.4 percent of the world’s renewable fresh water.
To meet the growing demand for water in Kuwait and the Middle East, GE helped to establish the state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant in Sulaibiya back in November 2004. The plant is the largest facility of its kind to use reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration membrane-based water purification.
Today, the Sulaibiya plant purifies municipal wastewater to produce 400 million liters of clean water daily for agricultural and industrial uses.
Important uses of wastewater include the recharge of groundwater, landscaping (golf courses, freeways, playgrounds, schoolyards, and parks), industry, construction, dust control, irrigation of fodder cropps, wildlife habitat improvement and aquaculture.
Looking into the future, the Sulaibiya plant will be scalable for an extension to a remarkable 600 million liters. To put these numbers into context, the facility is predicted to contribute 26 percent of Kuwait’s overall water demand.