A deep-tunnel sewerage system is the next megaproject in the pipeline for Dubai.
Initial costs for the project, which is being referred to as the ‘development of the century’, are estimated at $8.2bn (AED30bn), with construction work expected to commence in 2019 and complete by 2025.
The development is part of Dubai’s efforts to meet long-term needs for used-water collection, treatment, reclamation, and disposal. It is also expected to replace pumping stations that require periodic maintenance and run on electricity, state news agency, WAM, reported.
According to Dubai Municipality, the authority spearheading the development, the project will help Dubai achieve millions worth of savings in terms of maintenance costs, in addition to providing a significant amount of irrigation water.
Quoting Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, WAM noted that feasibility studies for the multi-phase project have been completed.
The sewerage system will be executed over six years and in two phases, with the first to be launched in Deira District and the second in Bur Dubai, said Lootah.
He added that Dubai Municipality is expecting to receive the project’s initial design, which is currently being put together by a consultancy, by February 2018. Once received, the design will be passed on to the municipality’s technical committee for review and endorsement.