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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - WATER RESOURCES/WATER WELLS

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

UAE water conservation law under final review

Posted on 04/03/2010

The UAE's first water conservation law set to reign in water misuse and group together utility companies across the country is under final review, and environment officials are hopeful it will be passed in 12 months. The UAE does not currently have a single national water conservation law. Regulations regarding natural resources are instead put in place on a regional level. No details of the draft law were revealed, but water resource researchers are calling for more monitoring of ...  >>MORE

UAE tap water 'completely safe'

Posted on 30/07/2009

Tap water in the UAE is "completely safe to drink" and residents "shouldn't rely so heavily on bottled products", panellists argued at the eighth community lecture held by the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG). Attendees discussed new challenges in the Middle East's water conservation efforts, and in particular the concept of "water footprint". One of the key concerns raised was the dependence of many UAE residents on bottled water. Habiba Al Marashi, chairperson of the EEG, said: "It ...  >>MORE

Over billion gallons of waters stored in lakes of dams

Posted on 30/03/2009

Water stored at lakes of 42 dams due to the recent and ongoing torrential rains were estimated at 5.8 million cubic metres (about 1.3 billion gallons), a senior official at the Ministry of Environment and Water has disclosed. 'Ten dams in Northern area kept 208,000 cubic metres with the largest amount of water gathering in the lake of Tuwain dam at 200,000 cubic metres,' said Safa Al Obad, Acting Head of Dams, Ministry of Environment and Water. Dams in the Central and Eastern areas collected ...  >>MORE

EAD warns against depletion of Abu Dhabi's water resources within next 50 years

Posted on 22/03/2009

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi - is warning against the depletion of both fresh and brackish reserves within 50 years. EAD is calling on all its stakeholders to cooperate in implementing water policies to rationalize the use of this precious resource. H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of EAD, said that the Emirate's groundwater supply has been reduced by 18% since 2003, according to EAD's Annual Abu Dhabi Emirate Water Resources Statistics ...  >>MORE

Dead wells spring back to life

Posted on 01/02/2009

Chemical-free technology is reviving dead wells without the risk of pollution, in an advance tipped to save water and thousands of dirhams on digging new wells. Engineers for Western Region Municipality have revived three abandoned wells in Al Gharbia with a cannon that blasts air into blocked filters and pipes. They said it was cleaner, safer, quicker and more effective than solvents or explosives. Reviving dead wells is also more environmentally friendly than digging new ones. "Any time you ...  >>MORE

Study highlights Khalifa's vision of preserving water resource

Posted on 14/04/2008

The Centre for Information Affairs in Abu Dhabi has issued a study entitled: Ground Water in the United Arab Emirates. The study highlighted concepts, limitations, usages and ways of preserving and developing the groundwater. The study has pointed out the efforts and vision of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, which participated in preserving and rationalizing water resources and enhancing their development contribution. The study stated that the UAE has ...  >>MORE

UAE celebrates world water day

Posted on 22/03/2008

The issue of providing clean and sustainable water supply for different uses is prominent in developmental plans and policies drawn up by the UAE as part of its federal strategy for 2008-2010, says HE Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, Minister of Environment & Water. In a statement made yesterday to mark the World Water Day and the 9th GCC Water Week, bin Fahd said observance of the two events was a testimony to the importance given to the water issues by the UAE, under the wise leadership of ...  >>MORE

Integrated database for water wells is planned

Posted on 31/05/2006

An integrated database for water wells in the emirate of Abu Dhabi will be established to help decision-makers make appropriate decisions, a top environmental official has announced. The Secretary-General of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) Majed Al Mansouri said a full-scale survey would be conducted to determine the number of wells and classify them with the purpose of formulating a detailed database in which all authorities concerned like the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

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