AN integrated and comprehensive sewage treatment network has achieved more than 87 per cent connection rate across Bahrain, according to a top minister.

There are also 28 public sanitary projects in the pipeline under the 2019-2022 budget, said Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf.

“A total of 83.9pc areas in the Capital Governorate was connected to the sewage network, while it was 87pc in the Muharraq Governorate, 69.4pc in the Northern Governorate and 89.89pc in the Southern Governorate,” he said.

Responding to a question by MP Isa Al Dossari, the minister added that there were several challenges to building a sewage network in a number of regions.

The parliamentarian had sought clarity on locations that remain unconnected to the sewage network.

“Challenges include the lack of absorptive capacity in treatment plans due to the urban development Bahrain is witnessing in addition to connecting a large number of locations to the network in the past years,” said Mr Khalaf.

“The existing sewage treatment plants are unable to absorb additional sewage flows from the extensions of villages and newly developed areas such as the extensions of Askar, Al Dur, Jaw, Al Malkiya, Karzakan, Shahrakan and Sitra.

“This also includes reaching maximum capacity for main lines as witnessed in parts of Janabiya, Al Quraya, Al Hamala, Buri, Al Lawzi, Block 1203 in Hamad Town, in addition to recently developed parts of Salmabad, South Saar, Hidd Industrial, Bu Qowah and parts of A’ali.”

Mr Khalaf added that another challenge was the limited budget allocated to sewage sector projects in areas such as Block 246 in Arad, the extension of the villages of Jidhafs and Barbar.

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