Rehabilitation of Khafsa water treatment plant near Aleppo, Syria

On November 1st, 2020, the International Committee of the Swiss Red Cross (ICRC) commissioned GAUFF Engineering to rehabilitate the water treatment plant in Khafsa in the Syrian Arab Republic. It is part of the water supply system of Aleppo, one of the largest drinking water systems in Syria, to which more than three million people are currently connected. It is operated by the Water Board Aleppo (WBA), which is subordinate to the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR).

The system consists of the Khafsa water treatment plant, which extracts and treats raw water from the Al Forat Lake, located 77 km east of Aleppo. The treated water then flows through four canals with a total length of about 80 km to the sterilization stations within the city of Aleppo. From these stations, the water is pumped to several soil reservoirs spread throughout the city, which supply the distribution network via pressure-boosting systems and pump the water to the taps of the end users. At present, the wastewater treatment plant has a pumping capacity of 855,000 m3/day and a treatment capacity of 600,000 m3/day, but has a high loss rate.

In this project, GAUFF Engineering will prepare a detailed study of Khafsa's drinking water treatment plant and a plan for the necessary rehabilitation works, which will cover all work steps and their respective prioritization. For this purpose, GAUFF Engineering first prepares a diagnostic report with risk analysis for the individual components and procedures. The rehabilitation plan is expected to be completed by April 2021. The goal is to achieve an optimized and sustainable water production to ensure the safe supply of drinking water to the people of Aleppo.

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