A drinking water scheme aimed at harnessing the surface water resources of the Wadi Dayqah dam near Muscat, Oman, is expected to be operational by 2022, according to a media report. The Oman Observer report, citing a report by the Higher Planning Council, said the project would have significant implications for the previously profitable agricultural sector in Qurayyat.
The dam will contribute to the development of agriculture in Qurayyat because of the availability of an efficient, sustainable and high-quality water supply, which will increase the agricultural economic return, leading to the development of this sector in the Sultanate, the SCP report said.
The development of agriculture will diversify agricultural products and build a new generation of farmers using modern irrigation techniques, turning agriculture into a stable and profitable source of income. It said the dam would also reduce the impact of the drought.
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has launched a competitive procurement process for an independent water project (IWP) that will harness the Wadi Dayqah for surface water.
IWP focuses on the development, financing, design, engineering, construction, ownership, operation and maintenance of a surface water treatment plant with a net production capacity of 125,000 cubic metres per day (27.5 million imperial gallons – one million imperial gallons per day). The project is scheduled to be commercially launched by October 31, 2022, with a production capacity of about 72,000 cubic metres per day (9.2 million megids) per day by April 1, 2022.
According to SCP, the Wadi Dayqah dam project will supply drinking water sustainably to some of the wilayats and villages of Muscat Governorate.
This will help meet the growing demand for drinking water due to steady population growth, improve living conditions and eliminate diseases related to water quality, as well as relieve pressure on desalination plants and coastal aquifers, alleviating the threat of seawater intrusion into coastal farms.