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MPW starts installing temporary water treatment stations in ‘city’ MEW wants to set up clinics at distillation units

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 6: The Ministry of Public Works has started the installation of temporary and emergency sewage water treatment stations in Sabah Al-Ahmad Residential City, reports Al- Seyassah daily quoting sources. Sources disclosed the contract includes the supply of three sizes of mobile stations for treating more than 640,000 cubic meters of sewage water per year.

Sources said the contract also stipulates that the contractor must install water flow meters and provide chemical substances to sterilize the treated water. Sources explained the supervisory body in the ministry has been tasked to specify the quantity and quality of chemical substances as per the requirements mentioned in the contract. Sources confirmed the ministry has been dealing with this issue since the 1960s with an aim to provide sewage systems all over the country to protect the environment from different kinds of pollutants, while taking into consideration the growing population.

Sources said the situation necessitates the installation of temporary water treatment stations until the completion of the public sewage network in new areas, in coordination with the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW). Meanwhile, Ministry of Electricity and Water Undersecretary Ahmad Al- Jassar is said to have forwarded an official letter to his counterpart in the Ministry of Health regarding the intention to establish clinics in power and water distillation stations to provide first aid to those who might be injured in the work place before referring them to hospitals, reports Al-Nahar daily quoting sources.

Sources revealed the employees in these stations are exposed to various dangers due to the nature of their job; indicating the injuries vary like minor fractures, burns, exposure to toxic substances, suffocation due to accidental inhalation of poisonous gases or chemicals. Sources said the undersecretary also requested advice on the proper condition of the clinics and the required equipment. Sources added the suggestions included the appointment of a doctor and nurse for each clinic and provision of first aid kits to allow the ministry to float a tender for this project to companies specialized in the field.

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