Evaluation of the current state and perspective of wastewater treatment and reuse in Qatar

Yehia Manawi, Ahmad Kayvani Fard, Muataz Atieh, Abdelbaki Benamor, Viktor Kochkodan

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In Qatar, many freshwater resources have already been depleted due to the overconsumption as a result of the population and economic growth. Moreover, due to the lack of sufficient sewage treatment infrastructure, Qatar is facing a daily problem in treating the wastewater. Dumping untreated sewage effluents (SE) contaminates groundwater resources and worsens the current water status in the country. On the other hand, treated SE (TSE), which is estimated at about 0.75 million m3/d, could be one of the main sources of fresh water which can be used in agriculture and industry and even as a source of drinking water in Qatar. Qatar uses only about 27% of TSE in growing fodder (25 million m3/y) and landscape irrigation (1 million m3/y) while about 73% of the total TSE is discharged to septic lagoons to dry or percolate into groundwater (70 million m3/y) and runoff (0.5 million m3/y). Qatar can better utilize its TSE in several applications by further treating the produced TSE. In this paper, a review on the current state and a perspective into the wastewater treatment and reuse in Qatar is presented. Moreover, the main aspects, which should be considered while making a decision on reusing the treated SE in Qatar, are also addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalDesalination and Water Treatment
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017



  • Reuse of treated sewage effluents
  • Sewage effluents
  • Wastewater treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Pollution

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