Mohammad Mohammad Saleh, Director General of Etihad Water and Electricity (EtihadWE), accompanied by Aref Ahmad Berhama, Executive Director of Water Directorate and group of officials visited the new Water Distribution Center in Ras Al Khaimah to follow up on the progress of 29 vital projects which will combine to form a new water transmission network across the emirates of Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
The 29 projects, which are almost 90% complete, will provide the required pumping, pipeline and network storage facilities to deliver 682,000 cubic meters (150 million gallons) per day of water to EtihadWE customers produced by the new desalination plant at Umm Al Quwain. The projects represent a capital investment of 3 billion dirhams and comprise 336 kilometers of pipeline, four pumping stations and 22 storage reservoirs.
On the sidelines of the visit, Mohammad Mohammad Saleh confirmed that Etihad Water and Electricity is currently working, in cooperation with its strategic partners, to implement a number of projects that are in line with the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036 and aimed to ensuring the sustainability and continuity of access to water during all conditions.
He added: This strategic water scheme will support water security for residents and business in the northern emirates providing water for residential, industrial and agricultural sectors, bringing both environmental and economic benefits. It is also allowing EtihadWE to halt the operation of older thermal desalination plants thus reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide, associated with water desalination process.
He said that this scheme will also link all the areas supervised by the company together for the first time, ensure greater efficiency in controlling and distributing water through Al-Khurijah Distribution Center, provide a digital platform to monitor and reduce water losses and prioritize maintenance work and replace old networks.