Drinking water production and supply

Drinking water production and supply 

Giving each person enough drinking water to live is the primary objective of any human community and a pillar in the fight against poverty for international institutions. Artelia is an expert in water engineering and carries out projects involving resource protection (volume and quality, impact assessment, protection of abstraction areas and aquifers, Water Framework Directive), abstraction (intakes, pumping, wells), conveyance (canals, tunnels, pipelines) and treatment (purification and desalination plants). 

Artelia adopts a comprehensive approach to optimising water distribution in towns and cities, encompassing quality, health and safety, networks, leak management, efficiency and tariff structure, drawing on years of experience of pressure pipes (unsteady flow conditions, water hammer), control systems, remote management and fluid network modelling. Artelia also advises its clients impartially on the organisation of their PPP or public utility outsourcing projects and on network asset management. 

Water treatment and desalination
Water available in urban areas is rarely drinkable without first undergoing treatment. Treatment plants are therefore necessary most of the time. Artelia is assisting with the rehabilitation of treatment plants and working on developing a new sea water desalination process. Artelia is also studying the feasibility of a solar-powered (CSP) desalination installation.

Supply reliability improvement
Ensuring reliable drinking water supplies is a growing challenge given the increasing number of droughts, risks of accidental pollution and deliberate interference. Artelia analyses the risks, investigates alternative solutions, designs storage systems and proposes emergency and crisis management plans. To ensure reliable drinking water supplies, Artelia assesses risks and designs action plans and emergency exercises. It is designing and supervising the construction of several huge storage reservoirs and involved in building new drinking water reservoirs which are self-sufficient in terms of energy.

Saudi Arabia | Al Khafji

This reverse osmosis desalination plant, lying on the Persian Gulf coast near the border between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, must produce 60,000 m3 of drinking water per day.