Mardin gets innovative wastewater treatment plants

Saving the local river from continuous contamination, reusing treated water and its by-products, all while securing a sustainable future for Mardin and its residents are the humble tasks of our new and innovative wastewater treatment plants

The City of Mardin lies in the heart of the Mesopotamian plate, which has a history going back more than 12,000 years, more specifically to the Neolithic age. The city has a very interesting architectural style where the houses in the city centre are carved on the mountain sides, and transportation in this part of the city is allowed only by donkey and cart.

Mardin is famous for its silver workmanship and temples, but the use of wastewater management was not prioritized until recently. Before this, the wastewater of the city was simply discharged into the Zergan river. With the help of a European Union-led IPA fund (the Instrument for the Pre-Accession Assistance), the Mardin Municipality then invested in our two state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plants for the city.

The construction of two wastewater treatment plants, and of 48kms of wastewater transmission lines were then initiated with Mass Treatment Systems as a contractor. The plants will serve 613,000 people and will enable the reuse of 46,5 million cubic metres of water in irrigation.

These modern plants are serving multiple purposes at the same time. They are designed with integrated electricity generation units using methane to reduce carbon emission, and the treated water will be released through the Zergan river to recover the riverbed’s natural habitat.

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