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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Dewa makes progress with water infrastructure upgrade

The utility is planning to increase its water capacity by 60 per cent by 2030

Dubai is extending its water network to meet the rise in demand. Courtesy of Dewa
Dubai is extending its water network to meet the rise in demand. Courtesy of Dewa

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) announced the completion of nearly a third of a Dh260 million water infrastructure expansion project underway in various locations in the emirate. It is one of a series of projects the utility is undertaking to improve water supply to Dubai’s growing population.

Dewa said on Sunday it had completed 13 kilometre of the 46km-project, which is expected to be finished by May next year.

Saeed Al , the manTayeraging director and chief executive of Dewa, said that the project would “increase water flow between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road along Hessa street and Al Qudra road, and along Jebel Ali to Al Hebab road towards Emirates Road in the areas between Dubai to Al Ain road and Al Qudra.”

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He added that the project would extend the main water pipeline from Dewa’s Al Lusaily up to the junction between Al Ain road at Jebel Ali and the Al Hebab road, and several other pipelines from Mushrif station (headed towards Al Warqa) and Al Khaleej road.

Dewa has seen a 25 per cent jump in customers over the past five years to about 670,000. The utility is planning to increase its water capacity by 60 per cent by 2030.

The utility last month signed a deal with its Abu Dhabi counterpart, the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, to extend water interconnectivity between the emirates.

The two utilities are currently in discussions to tender the project for a consultancy, which will carry out the feasibility studies required to start construction.

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