Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) to finalize water tanks with a capacity of 120 million gallons to provide for the emirate’s requirement in water, especially in the emergency cases, Dewa announced.
Al Ghafat reservoir Complex, two reservoirs close to Dubai Bypass Road with storage capacity of 60 million gallons each of desalinated water, is due to be operational by month-end at a cost of Dh285 million.
Saeed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa, told Gulf News: “Building water reservoir is part of Dubai strategic plan to have enough reserve of water to efficiently meet the needs of customers and developments projects across the emirate.”
While the capacity of these tanks is equal to the consumption of water for two days only, he remarked: “Dewa could achieve seven per cent in water saving so far but the main objective of this water storage is to provide water supply in case of crises for a month minimum.”
“Dewa is continuing its relentless pursuit to execute its various developmental projects to update its infrastructure; to cope with the growth of demand for its services and to reach the highest levels of efficiency and reliability, especially water transmission networks, and increase the quantity of water flow to meet escalating demand for water all over the Emirate of Dubai. This achieves our strategy to secure significant reserves of water,” he added.
Al Tayer also remarked that the completion of M Station at Jebel Ali this month as well asa very high generation capacity up to 140 million gallons of desalinated water per day will increase Dubai’s water reserve.
“We have built, tested and launched two concrete reservoirs, each with a capacity of 60 million gallons, which are connected to our existing network. The work required to achieve this included excavation, civil engineering, a sewage system, building controls, offices, a chlorine unit, a security facility, an on-site power plant to provide electricity, fencing for the reservoirs, a Scada system, control systems for close circuit television, lighting, and a septic tank.”