UAE Ministry preparing new legislation on water conservation

Draft of federal law on water resource regulation and protection should be ready by end of year.

The UAE Ministry of Water and Environment is in the process of drafting new legislation on the conservation of water resources, a senior official has revealed.

Dr Mohamed Mustafa Al Mulla, Deputy Minister, Water & Soil Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Water and Environment, said the preparation of guidelines was at a "very advanced" ? stage.

The federal law will cover water resource regulation and protection, Al Mulla said, without providing specifics.

Al Mulla said the law should be effective "within a year "  "Hopefully by the end of this year, we will have a complete draft," he said.

The Ministry also has plans for the construction of 68 recharge dams in the next five years in the UAE, Al Mulla revealed. There are 140 dams at present, he said.

Al Mulla added that the Ministry of Water and Environment is also developing a new database related to water resources.

Al Mulla spoke of the new law during a presentation to the media on a water conference yesterday in Dubai.

Organised by IQPC, the Water Tech conference will cover techniques to increase water conservation with a focus on sustainability. The event will take place October 13-14 in Dubai.

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