Abu Dhabi is geared towards the optimal use of natural and desalinated water resources, with water security at the helm of its efforts, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE), under-secretary, Mohammed bin Jarsh Al Falasi, said in a statement on World Water Day.
Al Falasi further said that the emirate has ambitious plans to develop sustainable projects to ensure continual water supply for future generations, UAE news agency Wam reported.
“Abu Dhabi plays a leading local and regional role in the water sector, and the Department of Energy adheres to international standards in all projects and services to provide water in the emirate, most recent of which was the ‘Recycled Water Policy’,” he explained, citing several other projects, such as the strategic freshwater storage facility in Liwa, among others.
Reiterating the importance of water security, Al Falasi said: “At DoE, we have set clear goals to cut water waste to 10%, as well as to curb indoor and outdoor consumption to 12% and increase usage of recycled water to 100% by 2030.”
The official said that the DoE-launched Abu Dhabi Demand Side Management and Energy Rationalisation Strategy 2030, is aimed at the reduction of electricity consumption by 22% and water consumption by 32% by 2030.
Al Falasi also noted that the rate of water consumption in Abu Dhabi is among the highest in the world due to its desert landscape and humid climate, making the emirate heavily reliant on desalination.
Currently, the emirate has a total of nine desalination plants, with an overall production capacity of approximately 960 million imperial gallons per day.
The under-secretary underlined the growing use of desalinated water, linking it with the announcement of the establishment of a desalination plant project in the Taweelah B power and desalination complex with a production capacity of nearly 200 million imperial gallons, which is scheduled to be operational in 2022.
In addition, there are projects underway in Abu Dhabi to enhance the utilisation of rainwater and groundwater for agricultural activities and other uses, Al Falasi explained.
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