The project was funded by Jusoor Foundation and its founding companies (Sohar Aluminium, Orpic and Vale), in recognition by the officials at these institutions of the importance of aflaj and the preservation of this system, which is a characteristic of the sultanate. The project includes maintenance work of Al Jil and Al Qabayel aflaj in the wilayat of Sohar and Al Sabakh in the wilayat of Liwa. Work at three aflaj has been completed.
Ali bin Hamad al Ghufaili, director of Water Resources Affairs at the Directorate General of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources in North Batinah, said, “These projects are part of the promotion and improvement of water resources management. The ministry appreciates the efforts of Jusoor Foundation and its companies to finance these projects. It hopes that the financial support continues in other municipal and water projects to serve the public interest.”
He added that aflaj are considered one of the major traditional water sources on which the Omanis have depended for irrigation. They depend on aflaj as one of the most important sources of living. The aflaj types vary according to the nature of the geological and hydrological nature in the valleys and mountains of the sultanate.
They include ‘Gaily’ aflaj, which depend on surface and sub-surface waters of valleys; ‘Ainiya’ aflaj, which rely on hot or cold springs, as well as ‘Dawoodi’ aflaj, which depend on groundwater from subterranean aquifers, more than 40m deep.