UAE’s water sustainability efforts receive boost from IMKAN

Abu Dhabi-based real estate developer IMKAN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Capital Group, has spurred the UAE’s water sustainability efforts with the launch of a new pilot irrigation project designed to conserve the country’s most precious resource – water.

The project, initiated by IMKAN in partnership with decision analytics company SatSure, uses satellite data and machine learning to monitor the country’s urban green spaces and carefully measure their precise irrigation needs.

Through the application of artificial intelligence (AI), the project also aims to reduce the daily average water use of each resident in the UAE.

Currently being deployed at IMKAN’s AlJurf, a fully integrated community located in Ghantoot, the project aims to ensure optimal irrigation and water usage by using advanced technology.

It is expected to lead to considerable financial savings through water use efficiency, all the while maintaining the verdancy of the development’s abundant green spaces.

AlJurf Gardens is the first phase of AlJurf that is scheduled for completion in 2021. Phase one of the development comprises 293 residential villas and land plots, with its facilities and amenities including serviced residences, a wellness clinic and resort, a private beach, a private marina, and a community centre.

Incorporating remote sensing, satellite imaging, and machine learning algorithms to assess the health of urban greenery and forecast irrigation demand, the IMKAN SatSure project takes into account weather conditions and the specific hydration requirements of each species of tree and shrubbery.

Commenting on the project, the chief executive officer of IMKAN, Walid El Hindi, said: “The IMKAN Satsure pilot project has been initiated to reduce the levels of water consumption in the UAE. Authorities such as the Federal Electricity and Water Authority have highlighted that up to 11% of the country’s water usage is for greening and landscaping purposes.

“The country’s decreasing groundwater levels and reliance on energy-intensive desalination have made the reduction of water consumption a necessity if we are to preserve the local ecosystem and deliver sustainability.”

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