04 Oct The Winner of the Omani Young Water Researcher Award!
Introducing the Winner of the Young Omani Water Researcher Award 2017
Ms. Al Bulushi’s winning research paper was produced under the supervision of Dr. Mohammed Abushammala, at the Middle East College and is entitled ‘Water Loss Investigation in Muscat: Al Seeb water supply system- a case study’. “This award is about recognizing and rewarding excellence in water research,” said Dr. Jauad El Kharraz, Head of Research, at MEDRC Water Research. “Ms. Manal Al Bulushi’s work has tackled a very important issue in Oman, that of Non-Revenue Water (NRW). NRW relates to water that has been produced but is ‘lost’ before it reaches the customer. These losses can be as a result of leaks for example, or metering inaccuracies. Manal’s work is a valuable contribution to determining and auditing water losses in the water distribution network of Al Seeb. We hope that her contribution will be picked up by the main stakeholders in water in Oman and that it will encourage other Omani young researchers to develop ambitious and innovative solutions for major water challenges in the Sultanate”.
They were as follows:
Ms. Muzna Ali Al Shezawi, Higher College of Technology, Muscat
Ms. Bushra Baroot Mabrook Al Riyami, PAEW, Muscat
Ms, Nasiyba Sulaiyam Bin Salam Al Hinaai, Caledonian College of Engineering, Seeb
Mr. Mubarak Said Alsouti, College of Engineering and Architecture University of Nizwa, Nizwa
Among the distinguished guests present at today’s ceremony were, H.E. Laetitia Van Asch, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E Dr. Hilal Al Hinai Secretary General, The Research Council (TRC), Hussain Abdul Hussain, CEO of Haya Water, Mr. Salem Nasser Al Bortmany, Executive Director at Omar Zawawi Establishment (OMZEST), Dr. Abood Hamed Al Sawafi, Vice Chancellor, A’Sharqiyah University, Dr. Abdullah Saif Al Sabahi, Founder and Chairman, Middle East College, Dr. Ali Al Ghafri, Assistant Chairman for International Relations & Media & Events, Public Authority of Electricity and Water, Eng. Zaher Al Sulaimani, Chairman, Oman Water Society.
The ceremony proved a fitting occasion for MEDRC Water Research and A’Sharqiyah University to sign an MoU agreement. Both parties expressed a will to work together to pursue research in Water Treatment Technologies & Water Resource Management, Desalination Technologies and Brine and Desalination Disposal Management. The agreement recognizes common areas of interest between MEDRC Water Research and A’Sharqiyah University and the potential that exists for mutually beneficial future collaborations.