Sharjah’s water conservation efforts lauded
Sharjah, June 23, 2014
Sharjah’s per capital consumption of water is consistent with the recommendations of the United Nations (UN), as a result of the emirate’s numerous water conservation efforts, according to The Economist.
The weekly international news and business publication recently issued ‘The World in 2014,’ where it commended the fact that daily water consumption in Sharjah is estimated at around 200 litre per person, said a report by the Sharjah Media Centre.
It lauded the efforts made by the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) to rationalise Sharjah’s water usage, which is the least in the UAE.
It listed water sources in the UAE in general and the main challenges facing these sources in the near future.
Dr Rashid Al Leem, chairman of Sewa, said: "Under the directives of Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to make Sewa one of the world bodies known for preserving wealth, particularly the wealth of water, Tarsheed Initiative was introduced with the aim of raising awareness of the need to conserve natural resources, especially water, which is the lifeblood of every city and a feature of cultural progress.”
He emphasised that the rational consumption of water in Sharjah stems from Tarsheed’s awareness campaigns and general objectives.
Sewa’s Tarsheed had recently visited a number of housewives in Sharjah’s suburbs to make them aware of the importance of water conservation. It has also sent awareness messages in the form of posters and text messages, as well as TV and radio ads, said Dr Al Leem.
“Sharjah’s rationalisation of water consumption has exceeded the geographical boundaries of the UAE, urging one of the world’s most prestigious magazines to praise the emirate in this regard,” he added.
The Sewa distributed and installed free water-saving devices, which reduce consumption of water by up to 40 per cent, The Economist report added. - TradeArabia News Service