IATI pilot project 'Establishment of a “Research, Demonstration and Training Facility for Decentralized Wastewater and Sludge Management” in Oman' (IATI-WW)


IATI-WW is a pilot project in the frame work of the Institute of Advanced Technology Integration (IATI). The aim of IATI-WW is to establish a research and demonstration facility for decentralized wastewater treatment in Oman. 


The project’s purpose is to provide IATI with a “Research, Demonstration and Training Facility for Decentralized Wastewater and Sludge Management” (Wastewater-R&D-Facility) enabling IATI to assume a leading role in the field of applied research in the Sultanate of Oman and to support the implementation of such management systems in the country.

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Figure 1: Sizes and classification of decentralized wastewater treatment solutions

At the Wastewater-R&D-Facility, IATI will be able to independently test, evaluate and adapt various treatment technologies in order to effectively address the Sultanate’s specific challenges (wastewater quality and quantity, climate conditions, reuse options, etc.) associated to decentralized wastewater and sludge management. The facility includes a demonstration site where international companies can present their technologies related to decentralized wastewater management. Besides the demonstration of existing technologies the facility will also provide means to adapt and further develop technologies in close cooperation with local and international companies.
Furthermore, the Wastewater-R&D-Facility will also serve as a capacity development center. The capacity development program will address the topics of technology, operation and maintenance, GIS analysis and technology certification for target Omani groups in the field of higher education, administration, and the public.

As part of the proposed project, applied research activities will be carried out at the Helmholtz Research, Demonstration, and Training facility for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment in Germany and a comparative scenario approach for decentralized wastewater management will be applied for the Dhofar region utilizing the GIS-based Decision Support Tool which has been specifically developed at the UFZ for optimizing decentralized wastewater management scenarios.
The introduction and implementation of decentralized wastewater technologies in Oman will be strongly supported by a customized capacity development. It addresses the topics of technology, operation and maintenance, GIS analysis and certification for target groups in the field of higher education, administration, and industry.

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Dr. Jan Friesen (UFZ)

jan.friesen@ufz.de

phone: +49 341 235 1082