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Grohe helps Umayyad Mosque to go green

Self-closing taps installed at one of world's oldest, largest mosques

The Great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus has gone green with new water-saving sanitaryware technology from Grohe.
The Great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus has gone green with new water-saving sanitaryware technology from Grohe.
The male ablution room at the Great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.
The male ablution room at the Great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.

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Grohe has replaced 50 mixers in the Great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus with Contropress and Contromix self-closing taps to minimise water wastage during ablution.

The new mixers were replaced in the ablution rooms and in the central courtyard area to ensure the economic, ecological and safe use of water. The project was coordinated with the Ministry of Waqf.

The Green Mosque initiative, launched in the Middle East in 2009, is part of Grohe’s global WaterCare campaign, which seeks to increase public awareness about water-conservation techniques.

The Great Umayyad Mosque was selected in Syria because it is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. It is considered the fourth holiest place in Islam. It is also the destination for thousands of worshippers and tourists every day.

"Grohe is dedicated to using its advanced technological resources, first-class materials and design innovation to ensure water efficiency," said Ziad Saasaa, the country manager of Grohe in Syria.

The new mixers were ordered from Grohe headquarters in Germany, where the company designed 29 Contromix mixers especially for the Umayyad Mosque to be installed in its male and female ablution rooms, in addition to another 21 Contropress wall-mountable mixers in the central courtyard area.

The position and location of each mixer was set to ensure maximum comfort during all stages of the ablution process. After installation, representatives from Grohe trained the Mosque’s technical team on how to set up and use the new mixers.

The Green Mosque initiative is now being rolled out in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

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