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Ajman Crown Prince orders report on 'deplorable' unclean water case

Multi-department committee formed to investigate why contaminated water reached tower residents in Ajman last week

HH Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi.
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HH Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi.

Departments from the UAE’s Ajman Government – including General Command of Ajman Police, Ajman Municipality and Planning Departments, Ajman Medical District, and the Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Centre in Ajman – have been given one week by HH Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of Ajman Executive Council to submit a detailed report into the ‘deplorable incident’ that saw contaminated water being delivered to a residential tower in Ajman earlier this June.

Local daily Gulf News reported on 8 June that several residents of the cluster of towers in Ajman had “suffered bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea” after using tap water in their bathrooms and kitchens.

UAE state-news agency, Wam, reported that the committee was required “to come up with answers as to how and why residents were exposed to water contamination at a residential tower in Ajman over the weekend”.

Wam added that the committee’s report would “establish what happened and ensure such a deplorable incident would not be repeated”.

Sheikh Ammar directed the delivery of water from an alternative source for the tenants until the issue had been resolved.

The Gulf News report added that residents felt the water smelled like sewage and had changed colour, adding that children were among the affected residents.

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