Thursday, 28 August 2008

Palm Jumeirah to implement UAE's first vacuum sewerage system

Original Article

Dubai: Nakheel, a Dubai World company and one of the world's top real estate developers, announced on Thursday details of Palm Jumeirah's state-of-the-art vacuum sewerage system, which is the first system of its kind in the UAE and the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.

Nakheel said the vacuum sewerage system will play a key role in helping meet its sustainability objectives for the Palm Jumeirah.

Corodex Electromechanic, a part of Concorde-Corodex Group, has developed the system, which is one of the world's suppliers of water supply engineering and wastewater treatment systems.

The advanced vacuum sewerage system at Palm Jumeirah serves 2,000 villas through 900 collection chambers, 40 kilometres of pipeline and the world's largest vacuum station. The vacuum system delivers wastewater to a membrane bio-reactor MBR system sewerage treatment plant (STP) located on the Trunk of Palm Jumeirah.

In line with the Blue Communities ethos of minimising the environmental impact of Nakheel's developments, the state-of-the-art system has been designed so that there is absolutely no emission of treated effluent into the sea. Instead, the treated, safe wastewater is reused to irrigate landscaping on Palm Jumeirah, which reduces the demand for desalinated water and helps protect this vital resource.

The system's design offers a number of other environmental benefits, from low-cost and low-impact construction, to the ability to cross water protection areas because leaks cannot occur. This means that, unlike traditional treatment processes and pipe networks, the vacuum system is completely odourless. As the pipe network is all underground, it is also unobtrusive, providing an ideal solution in an urban environment.

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