DEWA foresees 9% increase in water consumption

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in the United Arab Emirates forecasts a 14% increase in power consumption and a 9% increase for water in 2004.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in the United Arab Emirates forecasts a 14% increase in power consumption and a 9% increase for water in 2004.

Last year, power and water consumption increased by 10% and 9%, respectively. Installed capacity for power output in Dubai was 3,000 megawatts and 188 million imperial gallons per day of water.

"This unprecedented growth comes as a direct result of the development plans and construction expansion in Dubai," Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, general manager of DEWA, reported. Water losses dropped from 13.6% to 12.5% by the end of last year. DEWA commissioned two major projects to boost its water supply network, including some in the still developing areas, featuring projects such as Dubailand, Arabian Ranches, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Global Village. The first 24-month project will involve the installation of a 1,200-mm water pipeline from Jebel Ali Power and Desalination Station through the Emirates Road and extending up to the main pumping station in Al Quoz. A 600-mm waterline will also be installed along the Al Sofouh Road for US$ 22.7 million.

The second project is for the supply, laying and commissioning of 100- to 300-mm water distribution pipelines along a 350-km stretch for US$ 13.3 million. This project is part of DEWA's plan to support and develop water distribution networks in new and existing areas. New shorter connections will replace older, long connections to raise capacity and reduce water loss.

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