New water conservation law for UAE

A Ministry official has revealed that the first federal water conservation law for the UAE is expected to be introduced in 2009.

AL MULLA: Water law will be introduced in 2009. (Valeriano Handumon/ITP)
AL MULLA: Water law will be introduced in 2009. (Valeriano Handumon/ITP)

A Ministry official has revealed that the first federal water conservation law for the UAE is expected to be introduced in 2009.

Deputy minister of water and soil affairs Dr Mohammad Mustafa Al Mulla revealed that the new law is currently being drafted and should be in place "within a year". The legislation will include articles aimed at the construction industry, but the the exact specifications were not revealed. The UAE does not currently have a single national water conservation law; regulations are instead in place on a regional level.

Al Mulla also revealed plans for a water database that is intended to document the levels of water use in each of the Emirates. It is hoped that the database will help to prevent water wastage. The system itself has been prepared, he reported, but advised that collection of all the necessary data "will take time".

In addition, the Ministry has unveiled plans to build 68 new recharge dams over a five-year timescale. These will collect water from the region's wadis and be in addition to the 140 already in operation throughout the UAE.

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