Aid & Development

Sewage treatment plants in Tobruk, Libya, are being rehabilitated

North Africa

Based in northeastern Libya, the city of Tobruk has rehabilitated a series of sewage treatment plants, allowing polluted water to be cleared from the local area

The City Services Company in Tobruk, which is located on the coast in northeastern Libya, has rehabilitated a number of the city’s sewage treatment plants in conjunction with the local municipality.

The maintenance has been carried out in the Menem Ben Riad district to Station 4, 6, and 7 of the sewage treatment plant.

As a result, clear water can now be filtered through the plant, although the water is still not fit for public consumption due to the lack of chlorine centres in the area.

Instead, the water flows into the sea from the plant. However, the municipality is looking to exploit the run off of clear water by planting trees in the area, in a separate project launched in conjunction with a local mosque.

For the local population, the appearance of clear water now has improved the aesthetic appearance of the area, with sewage water now no longer lingering under a local bridge.

“We have operated the mentioned stations in addition to the Awdah station and now they are all working with full production capacity,” said one of the members of the City Services Company. “Now the situation is excellent. These stations were completely suspended due to some financial conditions and other reasons. We repaired all the stations and they are working”.

The engineers rehabilitating the Tobruk sewage plant hope that this will improve the situation of life in the city. While Tobruk came under swift control of the anti-Gaddafi forces in 2011, the city has been at the centre of a power struggle between the country’s eastern- and western-based governments over the past years.

Tobruk comes under the political control of the House of Representatives (HoR), which is aligned with the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by the Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar.

The HoR vies for influence with the authorities in the West, namely the Presidential Council led by Fayez al-Sarraj, which presides over the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).