Establishing long-term and sustainable water solutions is of paramount importance in the Middle East, one of the world’s most water stressed and fastest growing regions in the world. It requires applying the highest quality standards and improving installation and maintenance techniques. Initiated by Borouge, the Gulf Plastics Pipe Academy (GPPA) is a pioneering organisation with the mission of raising standards as well as providing knowledge and expertise along the entire water value chain.
The sustainability of water and sanitation systems depends largely on the quality standards of pipe systems and the professional skills of the installation and maintenance teams. In the Middle East, one of the most water stressed regions in the world, the adoption of high product quality standards and good training schemes are particularly important to ensure that the investment in the infrastructure provides the local communities with long-term benefits.
The availability of water in the Middle East has always been limited. But today, with a growing population and increasing agricultural and industrial development, water is more than ever a precious resource.
Over the last few years, the transformation of the Gulf region’s arid landscapes into fertile environments owes much to the widespread use of plastic pipes for water delivery systems. Cost-effective and able to withstand tough physical and climatic conditions, plastics pipes have became the ideal choice for this role. However, experience in other fast developing regions have shown that unless efforts are made early on in standardisation and training, the results may not be as expected, leading to a loss of confidence in plastics systems.