Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has begun work on a 25-kilometre water transfer network project, it said in a statement.
The project, which is worth Dhs170 million, is part of DEWA’s strategy to increase the efficiency and reliability of the city’s water systems to meet the growing demand for water.
“The project has extended the main water pipeline use Glass Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) with different thicknesses, in addition to extending the control system and remote control from a pumping station in Al Quoz using 1,200mm-wide pipes, and the storage complex in Mushrif, and from Sheikh Zayed Road to Palm Jumeirah, using 900mm-wide pipes,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
He added that the project is intended to increase the quantity of water flow and ensure the continuity of water to current and future projects in Dubai.
“DEWA started the project in January 2014 based on its planned strategy, and work is expected to finish on the extension of the major water systems within 20 months,” said Al Tayer.
Water consumption rates in the GCC are among the highest in the world.
The GCC’s average daily water consumption rates vary between 300 and 750 litres a day while individual annual consumption of fresh renewable water also stands at about 150 cubic metres.
The UAE’s average per capita consumption is estimated to be as high as around 500 litres a day, according to Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA).
But efforts have been taken to curb such high rates of water usage in the region.
In a separate statement, DEWA said that it has been seeing a decline in water and power consumption through some of its initiatives fostering conservation.
Dubai’s annual per capita consumption rate of water reduced by 8.6 per cent to 40,777 gallons in 2013 from 44,631 gallons in 2010, according to DEWA.