Water Quality and Reuse
QEERI is currently working to characterize Qatar’s water resources (groundwater, drinking water, wastewater, etc.) to understand the existing conditions, to identify sources, fate and transport of chemicals of interest and to assess environmental and health impacts. Understanding the current quality of Qatar’s water resources is the first step towards determining treatment/remediation methods and technologies which leads to potential reuse schemes and applications.
Wastewater (domestic and industrial) produced in Qatar offers a potentially viable water resource for different reuse options such as non-food related agriculture and industrial activities; these are critical areas of QEERI’s research initiatives. QEERI’s research on Water Quality and Reuse is multidisciplinary involving chemical, biochemical, and microbiological assessments as well as computational modeling to ensure long term sustainability, focusing on:
- Assessing the components of industrial produced water (from oil and gas sectors) and proposing treatment methods.
- Assessing the quality of treated wastewater and determining the potential health and environmental impacts based on potential reuse applications (industry, landscaping, etc.)
- Characterizing Qatar’s drinking and agricultural water resources and proposing ways to minimize any associated health risks, reduce environmental impacts and enhance social responsibility and water conservation.