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For the Implementation of a Scientific Research Project for Additional Treatment Sharjah Research Academy, University of Sharjah and Sharjah Municipality Sign a Cooperation Agreement

​23 November 2017

Within the framework of coordination, cooperation, and mobilization of efforts and capabilities to improve community service, and in achieve the public interest, Sharjah Research Academy, University of Sharjah, and Sharjah Municipality have signed a Joint Cooperation Agreement aimed at implementing an important and unique research project in the Emirate, for the research on and development of additional treatment and reuse of treated waste-water from the Sajaa Sewage Treatment Plant.

The Agreement was signed by Prof. Dr. Amr Abdel Hamid, Director of Sharjah Research Academy; Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah; and H.E. Thabit Salem Obaid Al Tarifi, Director General of Sharjah Municipality. This project is one of the distinctive projects in Sharjah that ensures a better future for the Emirate and its cities, as well as it ensures a sustainable development.

The Agreement aims at achieving cooperation among all parties to carry out a project on applied scientific research, in order to study and come up with the best means of additional treatment of sewage and wastewater, and utilize water treated at Sajaa Plant, Sharjah, in industrial and agricultural fields.

The Agreement established a steering committee from the Research Academy, University of Sharjah, and Sharjah Municipality to supervise the project implementation stages. The committee comprises of Dr. Amr Abdel Hamid and Dr. Mufeed Al-Samurai from Sharjah Research Academy; Dr. Abdullah Shannabelah from the University of Sharjah; as well as Fatima Al-Thahoori and Fatima Al-Mu'aini from Sharjah Municipality.

Dr. Amr Abdel Hamid, Director of Sharjah Research Academy, noted that the project reflects the vision of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, which intends to achieve integration in all areas and sectors by mobilizing efforts among all institutions and departments. This project will overcome some of the challenges faced by Sharjah. He pointed out the importance of the partnership with University of Sharjah and Sharjah Municipality to provide high quality research and scientific services, ensuring the highest technical and environmental standards that promote business development to guarantee a better future for the Emirate.

Dr. Abdel Hamid added that the Sharjah Research Academy caters many governmental and private bodies with its diverse research experiences and expertise in medical, social, engineering, and environmental sciences.

Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah said that the strategic partnership with Sharjah Municipality and Sharjah Research Academy contributes to the improvement of climatic and environmental conditions, which efficiently serves all categories and sectors in Sharjah. For the duration of the project, data and information will be continuously updated to warrant positive results that serve Sharjah's future aspirations. In addition, this project is not their first cooperation with the Municipality; they have several agreements and joint initiatives. He added that through this project, they are aiming at achieving the highest rate of positive results contributing to the preservation of the environment and public health, fulfilling the aspirations of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah.

H.E. Thabit Salem Obaid Al Tarifi, Director General of Sharjah Municipality, affirmed that the Municipality is dedicated to accomplishing and implementing initiatives that have a positive impact on Sharjah. This agreement emerges from the objectives and vision for the future of the Department, through contributing to the construction and development of the emirate and improving Sharjah's sustainable development components.

The Agreement contained the project implementation stages that centered on analyzing the Plant's input and output in specialized laboratories to identify their chemical, biological, and natural properties, comparing the characteristics of the outputs with the specific specifications required for the reuse of treated wastewater in industrial and agricultural fields in Sharjah. Through identifying the scientific and technological means that can be used, further treatment of outputs can be discovered, leading to the possibility of using treated wastewater in different areas. Moreover, the Agreement included conducting laboratory research to study and identify the best technological means suitable for use in Sharjah and testing the best technological means resulting from laboratory tests conducted in the previous stages on the outputs of the Sajaa Plant through a limited channel.

The project will undergo five stages in 24-months. Each stage comprises of specific elements that require preparing a comprehensive study on treated wastewater and overcoming challenges. The first stage will review available information and data on properties of the wastewater before and after treatment at Sajaa Sewage Treatment Plant. Additional laboratory assessment is needed to examine the properties of wastewater prior to and after treatment, to bridge the gap in available data and fulfil the project's needs, in addition to implementing a cost-benefit analysis of the current treatment processes.

The second stage will carry out an assessment of potential demand on wastewater treated at Sajaa Sewage Treatment Plant, and define the required quality of treated wastewater in light of the specific and applicable re-usage options. The project's third stage will determine the possible technologies and processes of additional treatment of wastewater to obtain the required quality of water and use treated water in various fields, and check the possibility of implementing additional technologies and processes in Sajaa Sewage Treatment Plant.

The fourth stage of the project will consist of laboratory testing to come up with a cost-benefit assessment of approved additional technologies and processes and their effect on wastewater currently treated at Sajaa Sewage Treatment Plant. It will also choose the technologies and processes that will prove most beneficial in achieving the desired characteristics and properties of the wastewater that is treated now at Sajaa Sewage Treatment Plant for future reuse. The fifth stage will mark the implementation of experimental field-testing of the technologies and processes previously chosen in the fourth stage, to determine their effectiveness.

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