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Dubai: DEWA achieves lowest ever water-loss rate

Dubai has achieved its lowest ever water-loss rate of 8.26%, according to the Emirate’s electricity and water authority, DEWA

Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has achieved its lowest ever water-loss rate of 8.26%.
Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has achieved its lowest ever water-loss rate of 8.26%.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has achieved its lowest ever water-loss rate of 8.26%.

The reduction in wastage comes amidst DEWA’s efforts to increase the efficiency and reliability of Dubai’s water networks through a range of technologies.

The authority said that it has used innovative methods of production, transmission, distribution, and control to minimise water loss within the Emirate.

Commenting on the success of this strategy, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, said: “DEWA makes use of the latest modern innovative methods for its production, transmission, distribution, and control systems for water networks.

“DEWA has achieved milestones globally, surpassing major European and American companies by cutting water network losses from 9.1% in 2014 to 8.26% in 2015, compared to 15% in North America,” he explained.

The authority succeeded in decreasing water network losses from 42% in 1988 to 10.4% in 2013. DEWA has reiterated its commitment to minimising wastage through the replacement of old connections, water meters, and by introducing new transmission and distribution networks.

Al Tayer continued: “We have used Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) to survey the water network and identify and remotely-manage potential leaks in the system. DEWA has also adopted modern technology to scan the transmission and distribution networks to prevent cracks from causing leaks in the system.

“DEWA is maintaining the efficiency of all its operations, with over 10,000 employees managing the needs of approximately 700,000 electricity and water customers within Dubai alone. DEWA has a current capacity of 9,656MW of electricity, and desalinates 470-million gallons every day,” the authority’s MD and CEO concluded.

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