Construction is well under way on a water desalination project that will provide potable water to Al Jabal al Akhdar — an investment that will also spur tourism and economic development in this popular holiday destination in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate. The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (Diam) is overseeing the implementation of this vital project, which will go a long way in meeting the drinking water requirements of the residents of Jabal al Akhdar. Diam hosted journalists from various media organisations on a visit to Al Jabal al Akhdar for a tour of the project site. Work on the 1.76 million gallon-per -day-capacity project began in August this year and is now around 60 per cent complete. When fully operational, it will supply water to consumers located some 38 km away. A network of pipeline, running a total length of 120 km, will cover all parts of Al Jabal al Akhdar. Also as part of the project, three reservoirs are being built with capacities ranging from 800 to 5000 cubic metres. Speaking to Observer, Ahmed bin Nasser al Abri, Project Manager, Diam, said the soft launch of the desalination plant is planned in December 2018, although full commercial operation is scheduled for March 2019. Work on the project will be completed by 2018-end, he said. “The project is in line with Diam’s strategy to provide potable water to all of Oman’s villages and towns. What makes this particular project unique is that it is being implemented despite the challenges posed by the topography of the surrounding area. This project is vital to the sustainable development of Al Jabal al Akhdar and its local population. It will also support tourism investment and development in the mountains,” Al Abri said.