Oman's Haya Water company has taken over wastewater assets in Sohar.
The move follows a decision by the sultanate's Council of Ministers, which ruled that the company will manage, operate, and maintain all wastewater facilities in Oman's governorate, except Dhofar.
As part of the ruling, Haya Water must also supervise the implementation of all new wastewater projects.
Eng Hussain bin Hassan AbdulHussain, CEO of Haya Water, said the company received the Sohar assets' management rights from Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR).
Haya Water has started developing plans and proposals for wastewater assets in the wilayat in a bid to increase the capacity of its sewage treatment plant (STP).
The current STP has a capacity of 10,000m3 per day, and Haya Water aims to increase this to 15,000m3 per day.
Sohar also has a wastewater network spanning 150km and comprising 20 lifting and pumping stations.
Wastewater services are currently provided to more than 2,000 residential, commercial, and government properties in Sohar.
The number of houses connected to the wastewater network increased from 15,000 in 2015 to 24,945 at the end of June 2017, state agency ONA reported.