Managed aquifer recharge using quaternary-treated wastewater: an economic perspective
KAUST DepartmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
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AbstractAn excess of 31 million m3/y of tertiary-treated wastewater is expected in Muscat, Oman, by 2015. This paper addresses the technical and cost estimation of managed aquifer recharge after reverse-osmosis treatment. The results indicate that the project is appealing from an economic perspective. The total cost varies between USD 0.353 and USD 0.550 per cubic metre, depending on the cost of electricity, the interest rate and the life span of the project. The project may face rejection from domestic users, who may be unwilling to accept mixing treated wastewater with the current water supply due to health risks. An alternative to indirect potable reuse is the installation of a separate network to service industrial users. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
SponsorsThe authors acknowledge the financial support provided by Sultan Qaboos University through the Feasibility of Managed Aquifer Recharge Using Treated Wastewater in Oman project under grant number SR/AGR/SWAE/09/01.
PublisherInforma UK Limited