Abu Dhabi: Officials unveil plan to half mosques' water consumption
The initiative aims to cut Abu Dhabi mosques' water consumption by 50% through the replacement of existing taps with more efficient models
Abu Dhabi officials have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in a bid to reduce the consumption of ablution water in the emirate's mosques.
The agreement was signed by Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) subsidiary, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC); Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada); and the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf).
The MoU aims to transform mosques into facilities that adopt the rationalisation of consumption, in accordance with the directives of the Abu Dhabi Plan 2030, according to state news agency, WAM.
The project seeks to cut Abu Dhabi mosques water consumption by 50%, replacing the water taps in ablution places with other highly efficient ones featuring automatic valves.
It also aims to raise awareness among worshipers about the importance of rationalising water consumption. The move forms part of the rationalisation programme, launched by ADWEA during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which aims to help consumers optimise water and electricity consumption.
ADCC’s records for 2015 show that the consumption of water in Abu Dhabi mosques reached 8.9 million cubic metres, with an average consumption of 9,171 litres per day per mosque.
Saeed Mohammed Al Suwaidi, general manager of ADCC, said: "The programme aims to spread the culture and practices of optimal use of water in the mosques of the emirate of Abu Dhabi."
The three-month pilot project, which included five mosques, ended in December 2016. Al Suwaidi said that 259 ablution taps have been replaced with high-efficient ones that use low-flow techniques and self-closure.
These requirements are in line with the sustainable Estidama specifications set out by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (Abu Dhabi UPC).