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Yas uses 30% less water than similar waterparks

Yas Waterworld encourages others to learn from its water conservation

A different filtration system provides the largest reduction in water use.
A different filtration system provides the largest reduction in water use.

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi's efforts to conserve water through reducing water wastage and boosting energy efficiency enables it to use 30% less water than other waterparks of a comparable size.

"When it comes to operating a waterpark in a water-scarce region, we needed to put a lot of thought into making sure the project was as water and energy efficient as it possibly could be," said Tim Mow, park manager.

"The waterpark was designed utilising criteria outlined by Estidama. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is the first waterpark in the Middle East to be certified with a "green" sustainability rating of Estidama One Pearl," he added.

The park uses intelligent water conservation, filtration and mechanical systems to prevent water wastage and reduce high evaporation rates. Automatic Water Level Control units, with floats and mechanical valves are used to maintain the water level of the pools, providing fresh water and preventing overflow and excess water usage.

Shades, high rockwork and grottos have been installed to minimise the direct sunlight on the pool surface, helping to significantly reduce evaporation rates.

The largest reduction in water use is provided through the use of 'Regenerative Media Filter Systems', instead of sand filters for the pools. The backwash cycle of the filters use on average of 90% less water as compared to traditional sand filtration system.

All water pumps and piping systems are strategically placed throughout Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi to eliminate long pipe runs and boost hydraulic efficiency.

The entire waterpark is also equipped with energy-efficient systems such as permanent magnet motors, pumps optimised to save energy and LED instead of incandescent lighting.

The park also uses non-hazardous, green UV sterilisation systems as an additional means of pool disinfection, eliminating the need for further chemicals to be added to the water.

"Our goal was to make the systems as lean as possible in terms of water wastage and we have been able to accomplish a significant reduction in water usage, as compared to other waterparks of a similar size," Mow added.

To mark World Water Day, the park took students from Aldar Academy's Pearl Promary School on a tour of the conservation system.

Mow said: "Our intention is to continue to work with students to develop awareness on water conservation from an early age, as well with other entities interested in replicating the intelligent water conservation systems that are operational at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi."

The students who went on the tour were the top five fund-raisers in the Cycle for Water event organized by Aldar Academy to raise funds to buy two water tanks for a school in Mekele, Ethiopia.

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