The Gabal El Asfar WWTP is considered to be the largest of its kind in Africa and in the Middle East and the third in the world. The people living within the entire catchment of the treatment plant (approx. 8 million) will benefit from the project as it captures and treats the excess wastewater generated in these areas, and was being disposed without treatment. The additional capacity will benefit an extra population of about 2.5 million people, in addition to those people living downstream of the plant (approximately 785,000), along the drainage system into which the wastewater flows. The optimization project has an additional treatment capacity of 500,000 m3/d
The project has a direct positive impact on its beneficiaries largely through improved water quality in the drainage system, including Lake Manzala and eventually the Mediterranean Sea. Some of this water is used for agriculture while the rest ends up in the Lake, where fishing is a major source of income for those living along its shores. Reduction of pollution in the Mediterranean Sea, the eventual destination of the effluent will also promote improved tourism in the country by providing clean environment.
BECT's consulting experts work included revision of detailed contractors designs, site supervision, works coordination and assistance with maintenance during the contractual commissioning.