UCD®: Decentralised solutions for water production and treatment
Securing and maintaining rapid access to water supply and sanitation
Decentralised Compact Units or UCDs®, are specially adapted to urgent needs and local specificities
- UCD® drinking water plants can treat groundwater as well as surface water (lakes, rivers, dams).
- The assembly of a UCD® plant is much faster than a conventional one, ranging from a few days to a few weeks depending on the equipment implemented.
- Their insertion in dense areas is simple, with a reduced footprint (2.5 times less space than a conventional plant) and limited civil engineering.
- Risk control: full testing of the unit before delivery, reduced CAPEX and OPEX.
- UCD® plants can be automated,semi-automated or fitted with solar roofs.
- Integration of our units in a global water access program, from feasibility studies to financing, including final delivery (Multi UCD®).
- The SUEZ teams train technicians on site to ensure local management.
- SUEZ's UCDs® contribute to the achievement of the following Sustainable Development Objectives:
A custom installation faster than a traditional plant installation
UCD - decentralized solutions: towards the access to drinking water - SUEZ
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Ivory Coast : decentralised solutions for secondary towns
40 compact units have been deployed to accelerate access to water in 32 secondary towns in the country. As a result, more than one million Ivorians will have benefited from continuous access to drinking water meeting quality standards in just 24 months.
Water for All in Ivory Coast with UCD® - SUEZ
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Kalaban Coro, Mali - Infrastructure's resilience and rapidity
The UCD® unit allowed the population to be supplied with drinking water during the construction of the conventional plant.
This was later supplemented by a traditional plant. The simultaneous presence of both infrastructures guarantees permanent access to continuous water, even in case of operational hazards.
Fidji, a solution adapted to insularity
SUEZ implements adapted solutions to facilitate access to drinking water in the Pacific.This region of 180 million km2 of scattered islands, with a population of 12 million inhabitants, of which 81% live in rural areas, is facing high costs for materials and services.
These islands are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change as they are exposed to a high occurrence of cyclones, floods, and droughts.
In Fiji, in 2013 the national water and sanitation operator, Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), allocated funds for the reinforcement of existing sites and the construction of new drinking water plants with the technical choice of decentralized compact UCD® plants.
Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines: modularity and rapid expansion to respond to exponential urban growth
Since then, the plant has been expanded three times, from an initial capacity of 16,560 m3/day to 33,120 m3/day, then to 41,400 m3/day and more recently a new extension for a total of 74,520 m3/day.
- Algeria - Tichy Haf (Africa) : Installation of 1 plant and its extension, thanks to an active cooperation of more than 20 years with the local partner of SUEZ.
✓ 50,000 m3 per day of treated water.
- Saint Lucia - Dennery (LATAM) : Successful installation of a decentralized production unit, achievement validated by a 2nd station in extension.
✓ 25 years of presence in the Caribbean
✓ On 7 sites and 4 countries (Guyana, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and St Lucia).
- Malaysia - Losong et Pulau Bahagia (ASIA) : Securing the water supply of the Terengganu region with the implementation of 2 new plants.
✓ 64,000 m3 per day of treated water.