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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - WATER RESOURCES/WATER WELLS

Rainwater can replenish local groundwater: UAEU study

Posted on 01/03/2017

Studies conducted by researchers of the National Water Centre at the UAE University, UAEU, show that the country's average feeding of groundwater may increase 12 percent, thanks to the winter rainwater, the decline in temperature and low humidity levels. In a statement to Emirates News Agency, Dr. Mohsen Sherif, Director of the Centre, said that the rate of resupply for groundwater dams increased in locations with lakes in front of dams, which were built on most of the country's valleys such ...  >>MORE

Over 6.5 million cubic metre of water registered in dams, embankments in Eastern Region

Posted on 08/03/2016

High water rates registered in dams, embankments and lakes touched 6.5 million cubic metre, following the rainfall that swept across the UAE over the past few days. According to the Dams Department at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment in the Eastern Region, the amount of rain water in the Eastern Region until the date of March 3, 2016, amounted to 6.5 million cubic metres of water, equivalent to over 1.4 billion of gallons. It added that the rains caused flooding in corals and ...  >>MORE

Water experts at International Water Summit call for water consumption demand guide

Posted on 21/01/2016

Managing consumer demand is crucial to meeting water sustainability targets in the UAE, experts urged at the International Water Summit (IWS), being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Speaking at the IWS keynote panel debate on Tuesday, Saif Saeed Al Qubaisi, Acting Director General of the Abu Dhabi-based Regulation and Supervision Bureau, outlined the strategic initiatives set out by the Bureau to drive efficiency through regulatory reform in the water and power sectors. "The ...  >>MORE

Environment Ministry: 97 million gallons of rainwater collected as a result of recent rains

Posted on 07/01/2016

The Ministry of Environment and Water has revealed that the recent rains in UAE have resulted in the collection of more than 97 million gallons of rainwater from various dams and barriers located across the country, especially in the northern region. The downpours, which ranged from low to heavy, were experienced all over the country, particularly in the northern region of Ras al-Khaimah and the inclined areas of Al Tawyeen, Naheela, Al Beeah, Qada'a, Ghalila and Shaam. Mariam Mohammed Saeed ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's environment agency seeks to tackle water scarcity

Posted on 05/11/2015

The Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi on Tuesday held a workshop to identify innovative water technologies from around the world that address Abu Dhabi's specific needs in the efficient management and conservation of groundwater resources. Five technologies were presented at the workshop, with a particular focus on servicing the agricultural, industrial and residential sectors. Sheikha Al Mazrouei, Acting Executive Director, Integrated Environment Policy and Planning at the Environment Agency- ...  >>MORE

UAE participates in international water conference in Dushanbe

Posted on 10/06/2015

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, is leading the UAE delegation to the high-level international conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action, "Water for Life" 2005-2015, that kicked off in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe yesterday. Bin Fahad said the UAE's participation in the international water conference underscores its active engagement in regional and international efforts to find sustainable solutions to water issues, particularly in ...  >>MORE

UAE groundwater levels drops 0.5cm per year, according to new Masdar Institute research

Posted on 30/04/2015

New research from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has revealed accurate measurements of the UAE's groundwater reserves and the rate at which they are depleting, providing the government with crucial information for the optimal management of the country's freshwater reserves. Masdar Institute graduate student, Maria del Rocio Gonzalez Sanchez, created the UAE's first ‘water budget', a term that reflects the relationship between all inputs and outputs of water through an area, and ...  >>MORE

Mayor of Daegu visits UAE pavilion at WWF

Posted on 18/04/2015

DAEGU, GYEONGSANG, South Korea: Kwon Young-jin, Mayor of the South Korean city of Daegu, visited the UAE pavilion at the seventh World Water Forum, (WFF) which is being hosted in the city between 12-17 April He was briefed on the UAE's projects and plans in the sectors of energy, water and renewable and alternative energy that were showcased at the pavilion. Mayor Young-jin expressed great admiration of the UAE pavilion and the illustrations, publications and other tools used to raise ...  >>MORE

UAE delegation briefs international media on country's water initiatives at 7th World Water Forum

Posted on 17/04/2015

DAEGU-GYEONGBUK: Representatives from the United Arab Emirates' delegation to the 7th World Water Forum (WWF) in the Republic of Korea have briefed international media on the vital water challenges the UAE faces and how the country is addressing the issue through a mix of policy, innovation and technology solutions. The panel, headed by Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and Head of the Directorate of Energy and ...  >>MORE

Directorate of Energy and Climate Change shares UAE’s approach to culture, education and capacity development in water sector

Posted on 16/04/2015

Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to IRENA and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director of Energy and Climate Change, joined representatives from fellow GCC states at a Ministerial Round-table discussion on culture, education and capacity development in the water sector at the 7th World Water Forum in the Republic of Korea. Dr. Al Zeyoudi presented historical examples of water management in the UAE and how those historic practices have shaped initiatives today. The ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute revealing desalination nanotechnology progress and more at World Water Forum

Posted on 13/04/2015

ABU DHABI, 13th April, 2015 (WAM) -- The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, yesterday announced it will present innovative water and desalination technologies at the World Water Forum 2015 in South Korea. The 7th World Water Forum is set to serve as a crucial platform to explore conclusive outcomes for tackling emerging challenges in water security. Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, ...  >>MORE

UAE urges nations to unite and act to ensure global water security

Posted on 13/04/2015

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 7th World Water Forum in the Republic of Korea, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Masdar, called on nations to unite and commit to tangible actions aimed at addressing water scarcity challenges and ensuring global water security. In his keynote speech, Al Jaber urged delegates to align efforts and harness their collective knowledge to devise innovative solutions and transform the way water is produced, preserved and consumed. The ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Environment and Water to launch UAE’s first ever HydroAtlas at WETEX 2015

Posted on 12/04/2015

Abu Dhabi, 12th April, 2015 (WAM) - The Ministry of Environment and Water has revealed its participation at this 17th edition of the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2015, which will be held from April 21 to April 23, 2015 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event, organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), is being held with the theme ‘At the forefront of sustainability' under the directives of His Highness Sheikh ...  >>MORE

UAE Delegation to Shape Conversation on Future Water Security at World Water Forum in South Korea

Posted on 12/04/2015

Critical issues around the use and conservation of water will take centre stage at the 7th World Water Forum, to be held in South Korea, where a high level delegation from the United Arab Emirates, led by HH Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, will help shape the conversation on future water security and stimulate tangible actions to alleviate water scarcity. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Masdar, will speak at the ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency calls for rationalisation of water consumption

Posted on 23/03/2015

The Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi, EAD, is inviting the general public to participate in a 'Water Challenge' event to learn more about the importance of saving water for future generations. The event will be held on Thursday, March 26th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Al Mushrif Central Park, the newly re-opened park in the capital. The event will be part of EAD's activities to celebrate World Water Day which is being organised this year under the theme, ‘Water and Sustainable Development'. Visitors ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Environment Authority announces groundwater savings goals

Posted on 27/01/2015

The Abu Dhabi Environment Authority (EAD) announced a strategy based on eight platforms to identify the sectors directly responsible for the depletion of groundwater resources in the emirate. The goal is to reduce consumption to 717 million cubic metres per year by 2030, instead of the current 2.7 billion. The authority said the agricultural sector, which consumes 60 per cent of groundwater in Abu Dhabi, can lessen usage by implementing modern crop irrigation techniques and local ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi advises farmers to use water efficiently

Posted on 17/07/2014

For years now, the UAE has been the world's largest consumer of water, with 500 litres per person per day, which is 82 per cent more than the global average consumption. The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has come to the ongoing Liwa Dates Festival in the Western Region of the emirate to encourage farmers to become more efficient in water usage. Irrigation of date palm trees currently consumes about a third of the groundwater used by major crops. "Dates are an integral part of our ...  >>MORE

The Economist praises Sharjah’s efforts in water conservation

Posted on 19/06/2014

The Economist, a weekly international news and business publication, has confirmed that Sharjah s per capita consumption of water is consistent with the recommendations of the United Nations, pointing to the emirate's numerous efforts in water conservation. A report by Sharjah Media Centre mentioned that the magazine in its recent issue titled "The World in 2014", commended on the fact that daily water consumption in Sharjah is estimated at around 200 litres per person, which is the average ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi takes steps to reduce water consumption

Posted on 21/03/2014

World Water Day, which will be observed on Saturday, is highly relevant to the UAE as it has one of the highest per capita consumption rates of water and energy. A UAE resident uses 550 litres of water and 20-30 kilowatt hours (KWh) of electricity a day against the international average of 170 to 300 litres and 15kwh per day respectively, according to the Federal Water and Electricity Authority (Fewa). In the UAE, better conservation practices can save 14-17 per cent of water and energy, ...  >>MORE

Region’s first water research centre launched

Posted on 04/02/2014

Wadi Wurayah National Park (WWNP) has become home to the region's first water research centre, where volunteers and students can take part in environmental and conservation activities. Run by Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS-WWF), in association with Fujairah Municipality and HSBC Bank, the centre was launched on Sunday by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah. Earthwatch, a UK-based environmental charity, is partnering with EWS-WWF in shortlisting and ...  >>MORE

Al Mubarak: The issue of water scarcity and water security is only getting more urgent

Posted on 22/01/2014

The demand for water is so high and the recharge rate so low that we know our use of groundwater is unsustainable. The issue of water scarcity and water security is only getting more urgent. Today we have less water in our aquifers than we did last year and we are therefore one year closer to running out. This statement was made by Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), while speaking yesterday at the International Water Summit 2014 (IWS) that ...  >>MORE

Water saving foam resin, Tarsheed Initiative launched at WFES 2014

Posted on 22/01/2014

An innovative water saving foam was launched yesterday at the World Future Energy Summit 2014 as a response to the challenge to conserve water resources in Abu Dhabi. This foam provides the perfect medium for water to be captured in volumes of up to 60 percent and then efficiently released back into the soil to be absorbed by plant roots. The foam is being introduced by a newly launched company Tarsheed, which is a subsidiary of Exeed Industries. "There is a need to intensify water ...  >>MORE

Giant duck on Dubai Creek to highlight water conservation

Posted on 02/12/2013

A giant inflatable duck was set afloat on Dubai Creek on Sunday to raise awareness about saving water. The 18-metre-tall inflatable — an enormous version of the classic "rubber duck” — was launched by UAE mobile car wash company GeoWash. Onlookers, on shore and in boats, took pictures as the giant duck floated past. It was set afloat from a platform near Dubai Municipality. The air-filled duck is part of GeoWash's conservation campaign, but its Sunday launch was also meant to celebrate UAE ...  >>MORE

World's largest solar-powered seawater desalination plant planned in Ras Al Khaimah

Posted on 26/11/2013

The world's largest solar-powered seawater desalination plant will soon be established in Ras Al Khaimah to produce more than 22 million gallons of potable water per day and 20 MW of solar power. The announcement of the plans for the new plant was made by Utico Middle East, the GCC's largest private full-service utility and solutions provider, at the 2nd Global IWPP (independent water and power projects) Summit, currently being held in Ras Al Khaimah. Richard Menezes, Executive Vice Chairman ...  >>MORE

Dams retain 4 million cubic metres of rain water in just three days

Posted on 19/11/2013

From 14th to 17th November, reservoirs of 30 dams across the country have retained nearly 4 million cubic metres (880 million gallons) of water, according to figures released by the Ministry of Environment and Water. Salim Fareed, Director of Dams Department at the Ministry, said six dams in the northern region kept the largest quantities of water at 2.2 million cubic metres. He noted the highest rainfalls were recorded in the Emirate of Fujairah. With more rains expected to fall in the next ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi City Municipality develops Abu Dhabi City groundwater de-watering guide

Posted on 31/10/2013

Abu Dhabi City Municipality is currently working on the Abu Dhabi city groundwater de-watering project, which serves as a source of scientific and practical information customised to the types of projects and nature of the land in Abu Dhabi city. The aim of the project is to assist the concerned authorities including consultants, contractors and government entities, especially when it comes to implementing the best techniques to ensure effective and economical implementation of works while ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute, Bayanat to develop water quality monitoring tools for Arabian Gulf

Posted on 12/08/2013

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, yesterday announced the launch of a collaboration project with Bayanat for Mapping and Surveying Services, a Mubadala Company, to develop water quality monitoring tools in the Arabian Gulf using the satellite receiving station at the research-based institution. The Ocean Colour (OC) Research Group at the Earth Observation and Hydro-Climatology (EO-HC) Lab at Masdar Institute is leading this project with Bayanat, a specialist in the UAE's geospatial ...  >>MORE

UAE control system on drinking water to become mandatory during Q3 in 2013

Posted on 23/04/2013

Eng. Mohammed Saleh Badri, Acting Director General of Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology has announced that the UAE Control System on drinking water will be implemented at the UAE markets with effect from third quarter of 2013. He said in a statement issued by ESMA yesterday that the ESMA has in coordination with the Federal Customs Authority decided to prevent the entry of any non registered products in accordance with the new drinking water control system, endorsed by the ...  >>MORE

New taps to curb Abu Dhabi water usage

Posted on 18/04/2013

By 2030, the emirate aims to have all taps replaced with water-saving fixtures in a bid to cut current consumption by 52 per cent. According to the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), the emirate uses 275 billion litres of water a year, of which only a third passes through water-saving fixtures. Fixtures the QCC refers to are shower heads, bathroom taps, kitchen sink taps, bidets and hoses, urinals and toilet flushers. Through promotional campaigns that began in October and will ...  >>MORE

UAE conserves 2.1m gallons of rainwater

Posted on 11/04/2013

Following the downpour which the country experienced on Saturday and Sunday, 2.1 million cubic metres — or 462 million gallons — of rain water was collected in a reservoir, according to a report released by the Ministry of Environment and Water. The moderate to heavy rains were cantered on the internal mountainous of the country, the report said, noting that, downpour was reported from different parts of Abu Dhabi, especially Al Shwayyib and Sweihan; In Ras Al Khaimah, rainfall was reported in ...  >>MORE

Effort to cut UAE farms' water use in half

Posted on 07/04/2013

Farming authorities plan to cut agricultural water use in the Western Region almost in half. The Farmers' Services Centre, the government body that aims to modernise Abu Dhabi farms, has more than doubled the number of farms with water-saving irrigation systems through its Efficient Irrigation Fund. More than 680 additional farms in the Western Region have received new irrigation systems to cut water use since last year, bringing the total to almost 1,200. "We are supplying every farm in the ...  >>MORE

Rational use of water is need of the hour

Posted on 02/04/2013

The rate of water consumption in the UAE is among the highest in the world. This is alarming considering the scarcity of natural water in the region and the growing need for this vital resource. Water constitutes the wealth of the nation and it is the duty of the present generation to prevent its misuse so that it is preserved for future generations. This can only be done through rationalisation of water consumption, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Abu Dhabi-based Emirates ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi targets zero water wastage in 1 year

Posted on 27/03/2013

Amid warnings that available fresh and brackish water reserves in Abu Dhabi will not last 50 years, a scheme is under way to treat and reuse all wastewater across the emirate within a year, an official said yesterday. "All wastewater resources in Abu Dhabi will be treated and reused as part of plans to enhance integrated water management,” Dr Mohammad Dawood, a senior expert on water resources at the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) told Gulf News. Dawood added that improving the efficiency ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi on groundwater tapping alert

Posted on 14/03/2013

As part of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi's (EAD) inspections on farms across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, EAD has ceased nine cases of transfer and selling of groundwater by some farm owners and tank drivers. This is in violation of Law No (6) for the year 2006 which regulates the drilling of groundwater wells and other related activities in the Emirate. As the Authority mandated with the implementation of Law No (6) in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Law No (16) for the year 2005, EAD's ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's 'first of its kind' project could cut water wastage by 40%

Posted on 29/10/2012

A sophisticated new monitoring system will prevent up to 40 per cent of water leaks in parks, pumping and irrigation. The project, the first of its kind, is expected to be completed by the end of the year at Mussaffah industrial area. There are plans to expand the technology to the rest of the emirate, including Al Ain and the Western Region, after initial testing in the city. The project is called Scada - Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition - and the system monitors and controls tanks, ...  >>MORE

Master plan to combat threat of water shortages in Abu Dhabi developed by EAD

Posted on 04/04/2012

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) said it had developed a strategic plan for the management of the Emirate's water resources to combat the threat of severe shortages in future, delegates at the Agribusiness Outlook Forum in Dubai were told yesterday. The master plan calls for the adoption of stringent eco-friendly measures to increase water production in Abu Dhabi and urges government implementation of water policies to reduce wastage, according to EAD's press release. EAD's Water ...  >>MORE

ADACH to hold Water: H2O=Life Exhibition next week in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/09/2011

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is holding a water exhibition entitled "Water: H2O = Life" in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, next week. The Exhibition, which will be held from September 19, 2011 to January 5, 2012 at Qasr al Hosn Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi, sheds light on the challenges faced by people for the sustainable management of this vital, but limited, resource and its uses. ADACH aims to disseminate this message clearly and ...  >>MORE

Saving 75b litres of water using a Dh7 device

Posted on 05/09/2010

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) launched a water-saving initiative in May with the hope of saving up to 75 billion litres of water annually. The campaign, Watersavers, aims to achieve this goal by fitting every single tap in Abu Dhabi's estimated 220,000 households with a simple water-saving device. Once the installation is complete, it could save up to Dh300 million per year. The tiny device comprises an O-ring and mesh gauze, costing Dh7. According to the EAD, the initiative is a ...  >>MORE

2,100 water-saving devices installed in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/07/2010

In its extensive drive to minimise the usage of water in the emirate, the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) has installed over 2,100 water-saving devices in the capital by first week of July. The tiny devices are being installed by the EAD 
free of charge. So far, the devices have been installed in 1,200 households, 530 mosques, 175 schools, 170 labour accommodations and 25 public buildings in the capital. According to an EAD statement to Khaleej Times, “If the emirate continues ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed receives Arab and world water experts

Posted on 12/07/2010

H.H. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, met yesterday Arab ministers and officials responsible for water resources and presidents of regional and international water organisations who are in Abu Dhabi to attend The Water Leaders Forum: Finding solutions to the Arab World water issues which is being organised by the Arab Water Academy. Sheikh Mohammed commended efforts to build bridges of cooperation and ...  >>MORE

RAK Ceramics partners with Kludi for water-efficient taps

Posted on 17/06/2010

RAK Ceramics has formed a partnership with a German bathroom fittings company to manufacture taps in Ras al Khaimah and market them to Abu Dhabi's Watersavers campaign. In a sign of the growing market for environmentally friendly appliances and other "green” products, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) is aiming to have every tap, shower and toilet in Abu Dhabi fitted with water-saving devices within three years. The UAE has one of the highest per capita household rates of water ...  >>MORE

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Rainwater can replenish local groundwater: UAEU study


Over 6.5 million cubic metre of water registered in dams, embankments in Eastern Region


Water experts at International Water Summit call for water consumption demand guide


Environment Ministry: 97 million gallons of rainwater collected as a result of recent rains


Abu Dhabi's environment agency seeks to tackle water scarcity


UAE participates in international water conference in Dushanbe


UAE groundwater levels drops 0.5cm per year, according to new Masdar Institute research


Mayor of Daegu visits UAE pavilion at WWF


UAE delegation briefs international media on country's water initiatives at 7th World Water Forum


Directorate of Energy and Climate Change shares UAE’s approach to culture, education and capacity development in water sector


Masdar Institute revealing desalination nanotechnology progress and more at World Water Forum


UAE urges nations to unite and act to ensure global water security


Ministry of Environment and Water to launch UAE’s first ever HydroAtlas at WETEX 2015


UAE Delegation to Shape Conversation on Future Water Security at World Water Forum in South Korea


Environment Agency calls for rationalisation of water consumption


Abu Dhabi Environment Authority announces groundwater savings goals


Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi advises farmers to use water efficiently


The Economist praises Sharjah’s efforts in water conservation


Abu Dhabi takes steps to reduce water consumption


Region’s first water research centre launched


Al Mubarak: The issue of water scarcity and water security is only getting more urgent


Water saving foam resin, Tarsheed Initiative launched at WFES 2014


Giant duck on Dubai Creek to highlight water conservation


World's largest solar-powered seawater desalination plant planned in Ras Al Khaimah


Dams retain 4 million cubic metres of rain water in just three days


Abu Dhabi City Municipality develops Abu Dhabi City groundwater de-watering guide


Masdar Institute, Bayanat to develop water quality monitoring tools for Arabian Gulf


UAE control system on drinking water to become mandatory during Q3 in 2013


New taps to curb Abu Dhabi water usage


UAE conserves 2.1m gallons of rainwater


Effort to cut UAE farms' water use in half


Rational use of water is need of the hour


Abu Dhabi targets zero water wastage in 1 year


Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi on groundwater tapping alert


Abu Dhabi's 'first of its kind' project could cut water wastage by 40%


Master plan to combat threat of water shortages in Abu Dhabi developed by EAD


ADACH to hold Water: H2O=Life Exhibition next week in Abu Dhabi


Saving 75b litres of water using a Dh7 device


2,100 water-saving devices installed in Abu Dhabi


Mohammed bin Zayed receives Arab and world water experts


RAK Ceramics partners with Kludi for water-efficient taps