Dubai to reuse 100% of its water by 2030. The city will also curb desalinated water and related power consumption by 30 per cent.
26 August 2023, 12:00 AM
30 September 2023, 12:00 AM
Dubai will reuse 100 per cent of its water by 2030. This has been revealed by Dubai Municipality (DM), who is spearheading the emirate’s water reclamation programme.
The city will also curb desalinated water and related power consumption by 30 per cent to accelerate its green economy vision. Currently, the emirate reuses 90 per cent of its water, saving more than Dh2 billion annually.
Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of DM said, “ “Dubai’s leadership recognised at an early stage that water conservation is crucial to ensuring sustainable development. Today, the recycling of water resources has evolved to form a key part of Dubai Municipality’s efforts to realise the leadership’s vision to turn the emirate into a green economy hub.”
Apart from safeguarding vital groundwater resources, water recycling also saves the electricity needed for energy-intensive desalination, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“As Dubai sets its sights on becoming one of the most sustainable cities in the world, we continue to launch new initiatives to raise water reuse rates and progressively diminish the city’s reliance on desalination and precious groundwater,” added Al Hajri.
Today, Dubai uses reclaimed water to irrigate green spaces and landscaping. Stretching approximately 2,400 kilometres, this network covers most areas of the city, including public gardens and green spaces, as well as landscaped areas in property developments. On average, about 22 million cubic metres of reclaimed water is used monthly for irrigation purposes in the city.
Apart from this, recycled water is used for multiple purposes ranging from central cooling to firefighting. In 2022, over 6 million cubic metres of reclaimed water was used in central cooling stations, resulting in cost savings of approximately Dh7.1 million. Using recycled water in operations like central cooling stations has helped reduce costs and lead to further reductions in power consumption and carbon emissions.