Two 240,000 m3/day drinking water treatment plants, serving Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, and surrounding districts have been commissioned by water engineering company, Biwater International.
The water treatment plants, named ‘Phase 3 & 4’, have been constructed to provide additional capacity beyond the existing ‘Phase 1 & 2’ water treatment plants, which already have a combined capacity of 240,000 m3/day.
Total scope of the Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plant project included the design, supply, install, construct, test and commission of the two facilities.
Each of the treatment plants (Phase 3 & 4) included the following components: aeration, chemical dosing, and four-stage sludge treatment.
Estimates suggest the region’s population is expected to rise from five million to 10 million by 2018. In light of this, the Federal Capital Territory Water Board’s (FCTWB) is making efforts to improve water infrastructure and ensure that water treatment facilities provide for the Territory’s growing population.
Giles Jackson, regional director for Africa, Biwater International, said: “With our commissioning of ‘Phase 3 & 4’, Abuja will now benefit from a total of 720 MLD of treated potable water. The Federal Capital Territory Water Board, were delighted to see water flowing from the new works to the people of Abuja and the surrounding districts. The treatment plants are already demonstrating an immediate effect, alleviating water scarcity.”
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) technology systems are being utilised to operate the plant and allow for remote monitoring and adjustments.