Water - Project Profiles


Water is one of the world’s most valuable resources and politically sensitive issues. For any city to prosper and expand, it must have fully functioning and efficient water infrastructure – from supply access to sewage disposal. Below is a list of the 10 most innovative water projects as chosen by a panel of external and independent industry professionals for the Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition.



Feature Project: Tuas II Desalination Plant


In Singapore, the Tuas II Desalination Plant will serve a vital function, delivering 318,500 cubic meters (70 million gallons) of water per day for a 25-year concession period from 2013 to 2038. Singapore currently relies on rainfall and imports from neighboring Malaysia for freshwater supplies. The wealthy city-state has made several investments in recent years to become more independent and meet the needs of an increasing population.




Muharraq Wastewater Plant


The Muharraq Wastewater Plant in Bahrain is a crucially important project in that it will not only enhance the country’s efforts to manage its scarce water supply, but it is also a landmark Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the MENA region. This project illustrates how – despite a challenging financial and political environment – the government and the private sector can still find a way to bring a much-needed urban infrastructure project to financial close.




Umm Al-Hayman Wastewater Project


Expansion of the Umm Al-Hayman Wastewater Project just outside Kuwait City is equally important: once completed it will be the largest in the Middle East. Kuwait has no lakes or perennial rivers of its own and is currently one of the most urbanized and water-scarce countries in the world. Around 98 percent of the population live in Kuwait City. The expansion will increase its current wastewater treatment capacity of 27,000 cubic meters a day to around 600,000.




Water and Sewerage in Peri Urban Areas Project


The US$100 million development is part of the Spanish Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Money will be used for four principle activities: construction of new infrastructure in un-served areas; completion of local water and sanitation masterplans; institutional strengthening of service providers and government authorities; and establishment of a full-time coordination unit to audit, evaluate and monitor project execution. As many as 500,000 people will benefit, with the peri-urban areas of El Alto, La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, and Tarija all receiving funding.




Querétaro Aqueduct II


In arid north-central Mexico, Querétaro Aqueduct II is the state’s largest water project since the Spanish built an original aqueduct in 1738. The project will transport drinking water 128 kilometers, from north west to south west, crossing through the basins of the Pánuco River and Lerma-Chapala watershed to supply more than 700,000 citizens in the capital Querétaro. The project is imperative for the social and economic development of the city and will aim to distribute over 55,000 million liters of water every year. The judges were impressed by the scale and overall goals of the project.




Jakarta Urgent Flood Mitigation Project


The Jakarta Urgent Flood Mitigation Project is an ambitious overhaul of the city’s drainage system, which will involve the dredging of 67.5 kilometers of 11 key channels across the capital, plus the repairs of 42 kilometers of embankments and 65 hectares of four retention basins in order to restore their original operating capacities. While it is not a project that shows immediate returns, it is desperately needed. Jakarta is highly vulnerable to flooding, with 2.3 million people affected by the last major incident in 2007. The project is significant because it is a major infrastructural investment aimed at making a mega-city safer and more liveable.




People’s Moss Desalination Project


Launched in 2004, the People’s Moss Desalination Project is one of three proposed desalination projects that could provide the Monterey Peninsula with an alternative freshwater source. Currently, the cities of Monterey, Carmel, and Pacific Grove rely heavily on the Carmel River. However, a state-wide water crisis has caused the California state government to demand a 70 percent reduction by 2014, with hefty fines and rationing if the target is not achieved by 2016.




Torrevieja Desalination Plant


The Torrevieja Desalination Plant on Spain’s south east coast is Europe’s largest facility for converting seawater into fresh, and the second biggest in the world. After much political turmoil, the plant is finally about to begin production and will open in late 2012. It will have a capacity of 240,000 cubic meters per day.



Thames Tideway


The Thames Tideway in the United Kingdom is a huge undertaking for London and privately-owned Thames Water. It involves the construction of a 30 kilometer-long tunnel, 70 meters under the River Thames. The controversial “super sewer” will run from west to east across London and is desperately needed due to the inability of London’s current Victorian drainage system to cope with heavy rainfall.




+ Pool


Recreational swimming in North America’s rivers was once a rite of passage: + Pool aims to bring back that simplicity with technology by developing a floating pool in the rivers of New York City. It was launched with the ambition to improve the use of the city’s natural resources by providing a clean and safe way for the public to swim in city waters. The project, described as being “like a giant strainer dropped into the river,” uses a complex filter system to remove bacteria, contaminants and odors.




Information contained within the feature project articles and sector articles of the Infrastructure 100 Report are provided by Infrastructure Journal (IJ). Infrastructure Journal assisted with collating and analyzing projects to be considered by regional and global judging panels for the Infrastructure 100 Report, and conducted in-depth research which was used to develop the project profiles contained within the publication. While KPMG makes every attempt to provide accurate and timely information to readers, neither KPMG nor Infrastructure Journal guarantees its accuracy, timeliness, completeness or usefulness, and are not responsible or liable for any such content.

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