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Dewa awards $43m construction contract for Al Lusaily water reservoir

The second reservoir in Al Lusaily will increase Dewa's water storage capacity by 7%

Dewa's CEO said Dubai needed to strengthen water infrastructure services [representational image].
Dewa's CEO said Dubai needed to strengthen water infrastructure services [representational image].

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has awarded a construction contract worth $42.7m (AED157m) for a water reservoir in Al Lusaily.

Set to be operational in 24 months, the reservoir will store up to 60 million gallons of desalinated water, increasing Dubai's total water storage capacity by around 7%.

Dewa said its total water storage capacity will increase from 830 million gallons today to 890 million gallons as the reservoir commences operations. Water consumption in Dubai is rising in line with population growth. Residential units accounted for 81% of Dubai's total water consumption in 2017, while the industrial sector accounted for less than 1% during the period, according to Dewa statistics.

READ: Dewa to invest $22bn in energy, water projects in the next five years 

The contract covers the construction of a rectangular-shaped concrete reservoir that will be located next to an existing water storage facility, which has twice the storage capacity of the new one and can store up to 120 million gallons of desalinated water. Dewa has yet to disclose the name of the company that was awarded the construction contract, but said that building the water reservoir in Al Lusaily was essential to supply water to urban, economic, and social projects.

Managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, explained that Dubai must continue to upgrade its infrastructure to support water delivery and strengthen the emirate's position in a range of different areas.

“The project supports the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to consolidate Dubai’s leading position in the region as an example of an effective and efficient infrastructure for water networks,” Al Tayer said.

READ: Dewa reports progress on $50m water pipeline

Awarding the construction contract for the Al Lusaily reservoir firms up a commitment Dewa made in May 2018 to invest up to $11.2bn (AED41bn) in transmission, distribution, and water infrastructure over the next five years. This is part of a larger budget worth $22bn (AED81bn) that the authority said it can spend on projects between 2018 and 2022. 

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