UAE and Australian water firms join to fight waste

Middle East water firm Metito has teamed up with Australian wastewater firm Flovac Vacuum Systems to promote a new sewage system in the Middle East.

Metito and Flovac Vacuum Systems plan to promote a new sewage system in the region.
Metito and Flovac Vacuum Systems plan to promote a new sewage system in the region.

Middle East water firm Metito has teamed up with Australian wastewater firm Flovac Vacuum Systems to promote a new sewage system in the Middle East.

The joint venture, Flovac Middle East, aims to market the product, which could reduce construction time by 50% and water usage by 80%, in the region.

"We welcome this partnership with Flovac Vacuum Systems to launch Flovac Middle East," said Mutaz Ghandour, CEO, Metito.

"The application of this technology in the Middle East has numerous advantages, all of which will combine to make the solutions offered by Flovac Middle East ideal for developers and wastewater authorities alike."

John Radinoff, managing director, Flovac Vacuum Systems, said: "Our vacuum sewerage technology has already been successfully implemented for the last six years on several projects in the UAE and Arabian Gulf.

"Currently we have projects underway at Dubai Festival City and Jumeirah Golf Estates and we are working with developers on numerous other projects across the region."

Conservation of water is one of the major issues affecting the Gulf countries. With the huge construction boom in the region, finding enough water for the rising population in the arid conditions is critical.

Despite the fact that most drinking water has to be treated in desalination plants, GCC countries are among the highest users of water per capita in the world.

The vacuum system works by using a small vacuum station, which sucks sewage from buildings. The advantages are that it needs less water, smaller pipes, and shallower trenches, and produces fewer odours.

Radinoff said that the system also helped by saving space for developers, as they could install one large pump station as opposed to several.

"At Jumeirah Golf Estates, for example, there were 15 gravity pump stations and we replaced them with one," he said. "That means there are 14 plots of land that the developer can sell."

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