Water security a global issue as 2 billion worldwide lack access to clean water

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Mon, 2019-02-11 10:49

DUBAI: Water security is a global issue that all countries must
get ahead of, Dubai’s Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA)
chief executive Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer warned on Monday, as he
laid out Dubai’s 2036 plan for tackling the challenge.

Currently there are two billion people around the world who lack
access to safe, clean, drinking water, while a shortfall of 40
percent is forecasted between water supply and it’s demand in
2030, the CEO said.

“We seek to make Dubai a global model for clean energy and
green economy by adopting the technologies of the fourth Industrial
Revolution and disruptive technologies including artificial
intelligence, unmanned aerial vehicles, energy storage, and
blockchain,” Al-Tayer said at the opening session of the second
day of the World Government Summit in Dubai.

“The UAE has a holistic vision of water security and water
management, utilizing the latest innovative solutions to reduce
water consumption,” he added.

Al-Tayer laid out initial framework for the strategy and
DEWA’s achievements in making use of every drop of water in the
Dubai, with specific forecasts and points for the emirate that will
begin witnessing change as early as end of 2019.

“In Dubai we adopt three pillars to ensure the sustainability
of water production – these are based on using clean solar energy
to desalinate seawater using the latest reverse osmosis
technologies,” Al-Tayer said, adding that “excess water is
stored in aquifers and pumped back into the water network when
needed.”

About 800,000 water meters across the Dubai are set to be
replaced with smart water meters by the end of 2019, as the emirate
“strives to provide infrastructure through sophisticated systems
to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.”

“In 1992, the installed capacity was 65 million gallons of
water per day. Today, in order to keep pace with the growing demand
and prosperity of the emirate, DEWA’s installed capacity is 470
million imperial gallons per day (MIGD),” Al-Tayer said, while
also pointing out that groundwater consumption for drinking water
purposes dropped from 100 percent in 1990 to 0.4 percent in
2019.

In addition to water security, DEWA’s CEO spoke of Dubai Ruler
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Green Dubai strategy,
which aims to reduce 43 billion ton of carbon emission by 2030,
saving over $3.5 billion in the process.

DEWA’s plan would raise the level of efficiency and
effectiveness, achieve economic saving and finally integrate
electricity generated from solar power, as the authority works
“to become the world’s first digital organization with renewable
energy control systems.”

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Water security a global issue as 2 billion worldwide lack access to clean water