x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Ministry should closely monitor sewage treatment stations, FNC member says

Ahmad Al Shamsi, of Ajman, raised a question to the environment minister, Dr Rashid Bin Fahad, regarding such stations and what the ministry was doing to monitor them.

ABU DHABI // The Ministry of Environment and Water should have a stronger role in monitoring sewage treatment stations, FNC members have said.

Ahmed Al Shamsi, of Ajman, raised a question to the environment minister, Dr Rashid bin Fahad, regarding such stations and what the ministry was doing to monitor them.

He said the ministry needed to have more stringent measures to ensure waste water was not disposed of in the sea or on land.

“There is no party that organises this operation,” he said. “In one of the emirates, the sewage station is 300 metres from the water-filtering station. We want to know what is the accumulating effect of this? I hope this issue is dealt with promptly because it cannot be delayed.”

The minister said regulations were being introduced to unify water treatment and disposal.

“Also on the way is the law of waste and water. And we have 79 stations, which are all monitored,” said Dr bin Fahad. I agree we should set unified standards.” However, there were no diseases or incidents resulting from this water, he added.

Mr Al Shamsi said he was happy to hear that new laws were being prepared, but he would continue to keep an eye on the situation.

hdajani@thenational.ae