x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

RTA staff given advice on saving water

Staff at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) were offered tips on how to save water in their daily lives in bid to raise awareness campaign on the importance of water conservation.

DUBAI // Staff at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) were offered tips on how to save water in their daily lives in an attempt to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation.

“Water plays a vital role in our daily lives, as it is one of the most essential factors in maintaining public health and environmental sustainability,” said Abdullah Al Mahra, director of administrative services at the RTA.

Through the campaign, employees were given advice from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).

“Preservation of water resources is a collective, social, corporate and moral responsibility spanning all individuals and institutions,” Mr Al Mahra said.

“Tips issued by Dewa to rationalise energy and water consumption comprise easy and simple steps, but they have significant impact and guaranteed results in rationalising these important strategic resources to achieve further growth in all vital sectors and at all levels.”

With an estimated average of 550 litres of water used per person per day, the UAE has one of the highest water-use rates in the world, while it also lacks significant freshwater resources.

In Abu Dhabi, for example, the consumption of water resources reached almost 3.3 billion cubic metres in 2011 and that demand is expected to increase to about 5 billion cubic metres by 2030.

Most of the UAE’s water is produced through desalination, an energy-intensive process that removes the salts dissolved in sea water.

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