Doha, November 2021
Leaving Nothing to Waste - Qatar Public Supports Reuse of Treated Industrial Water
Residents of Qatar are keen to reuse clean treated industrial wastewater (highly purified water from industrial processes), results from a 2020 research project have revealed.
The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development, in conjunction with Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), hosted a research initiative to discover public perception on treated industrial wastewater from the oil and gas industries for everyday applications.
The comprehensive study was carried out by HBKU student Fatima-Zahra Lahlou, under the supervision of professors Dr. Tareq Al-Ansari and Dr. Hamish Mackey. Data from the survey reveals that the majority of people are comfortable with the idea of reusing treated industrial wastewater, especially in ‘low contact use’ areas such as urban landscaping which involves watering gardens, parks and communal green areas.
Below is a summary of the research findings:
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Although the survey shows most people interviewed are excited to see wastewater in low contact areas there is a moderate degree of resistance to its use. Some 58% had concerns that the practice may cause health problems, with 40% of those admitting to being ill-informed on the topic. This suggests that further educational and awareness campaigns, led by research institutes and health practitioners, may be required to quell any health fears respondents may have and outline its environmental benefits.
The full research paper has recently been published in a leading international academic journal “Water Resources & Industry” and is now being circulated among the Al-Attiyah Foundation’s prestigious member companies and international partners, as well as being made available to the general public.
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