Abu Dhabi is planning to completely eliminate the disposal of treated wastewater into the environment over the next four years. As part of its Water Resources Management Strategy, presented last week, the emirate stated that by 2018 it will be reusing 100% of its wastewater.
The Water Resources Management Strategy has been drawn up in line with the broader Emirate of Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan and aims to relieve the extreme stress on water sources in the emirate, the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) said. Over the past 40 years the population of Abu Dhabi has increased almost tenfold and at present the rate of underground reservoir usage is 15 times higher than the rate at which these reservoirs are naturally replenished. Total water consumption in the emirate reached 3.3 billion cubic meters in 2011 and is expected to rise to up to five billion cubic meters by 2030, the ADSSC pointed out.
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Currently, almost half of the wastewater treated by the water company is dumped into the environment, with the bulk of it being discharged into the Gulf. Meanwhile, there is constantly rising demand for water from agriculture and other industries, including construction, forestry and amenities, so reusing wastewater to meet these needs would be of great benefit to the emirate, Gulf News reported.