Scientific symposium showcases risks facing GCC water security
Arabian Gulf University’s Dr Zubari pointed to the deteriorating quality of groundwater and its loss as a strategic reserve
An online scientific symposium titled ‘Water Security and Coronavirus’ organised by the National Water Centre (NWC) in UAE University shed light on the key challenges and risks facing water security in the GCC states.
The symposium, attended by several leading regional and international environment and water resource experts and epidemiologists, also witnessed a talk by Dr Waleed Zubari, the water resources management professor at Arabian Gulf University’s (AGU) College of Graduate Studies (CGS).
Dr Zubari pointed to the deteriorating quality of groundwater and its loss as a strategic reserve, according to the state-run Bahrain News Agency.
Despite the fact that GCC states are almost completely dependent on desalination technologies for drinking water, Dr Zubari shared that there is a lack of such technology in the region.
He added GCC countries are also not yet taking full advantage of treated wastewater.
In addition, Dr Zubari emphasised the significance of addressing water security in GCC countries through two perspectives; the developmental perspective to the water sector and the risk-based perspective. He said that that these perspectives must be followed and implemented in an integrated and balanced manner, in order to create an efficient and flexible water management system.
He also addressed fears regarding the spread of COVID-19 through drinking water and sewage networks.