Learn about the action programs of the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036

Sunday, January 07, 2018

The UAE Water Security Strategy 2036 aims to ensure sustainability and continuous access to water during normal and extreme emergency conditions, in line with UAE legislation and W.H.O specifications, contributing this way to the prosperity and progress of society, and sustaining the growth of the national economy.

The strategy was developed from a comprehensive national perspective to cover all elements of the water supply chain in the country, and within a period of twenty years, with the participation of all entities and authorities concerned with water resources in the country in preparation of strategy stages. Moreover, a set of strategic tools was developed to assess the water situation and help in taking the decision, which is the National Water Risk Register, and an integrated hydraulic water network model, a water emergency simulation model, and a forecasting model for water future demand.

- Three programs of action

According to a copy of the press release obtained by 24, the Water Security Strategy 2036 consists of three strategic action programs. These three strategic action programs include Water Demand Management, as the WDM program promotes environmental and economic sustainability in urban water consumption, through coordinating and supporting existing efforts in the country to reduce the loss in the water network, and the rationalization of the individual’s consumption to reduce the demand for desalinated water. In addition, it raises the efficiency of water use in agriculture and reduce pressure on groundwater used in agriculture.

The Water Supply Management Program will provide future water needs in a more sustainable manner by increasing the use of membrane desalination technologies and the use of renewable energy sources, expanding the use of treated wastewater, promoting water harvesting and reducing groundwater extraction.

The Water Security Strategy Programs 2036 address all the highest priority risks affecting the water sector. The Emergency Water Production and Distribution Program aims at ensuring effective prevention and response to water emergencies at the national level through a range of plans and programs.

- Four axes

In addition to four axes of mechanisms and joint initiatives of interest are the development of water policies and legislation, institutional and capacity building, development, studies and innovation, awareness programs and rationalization campaigns, all aimed at supporting management methodology for integrated water resources across sectors, while improving management and investment in institutional capacity and application. Moreover, this will apply integrated plans that improve the flexibility of the water system, reduce costs, promote innovation, and effectively manage information and share knowledge and experience of workers in water sector at the national level.

The Water Security Strategy 2036 adopted a set of targets as key performance indicators, including a 21% reduction in total demand for water resources, an increase of 69% in water productivity, a reduction of water scarcity to 3 degrees, increasing the reuse rate of treated wastewater to 95%, storage of drinking water for two days storage of the normal cases in the water system; so that the water demand is programmed and controlled to provide two weeks of storage capacity in large emergency situations with the continuation of the basic economic activity. In extreme emergencies, this storage will provide water needs for more than 35 days.

The outputs of the strategy represent a financial sustainability of the water sector compared to the usual situation. Over 74 billion dirhams will be provided, in addition to the environmental impact of reducing the carbon dioxide emissions by 100 million tons in the desalination plants.

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