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Managing and protecting water resources in water-scarce regions requires creative consideration of all available resources, from conservation of potable water supplies to reuse of treated sewage effluent. Managing these resources is particularly challenging during periods of growth, when development pressures can increase demands on already depleted water resources. Government authorities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, have successfully implemented policies and strategies that protect and enhance local water resources, even during periods of rapid growth.

These efforts have included work by both the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Municipality. DEWA has dedicated itself to ensuring that an adequate potable water supply is available to the people of Dubai. This includes development of new desalination facilities as well as the reduction of losses throughout its distribution network. Dubai Municipality has focused on efforts to protect the health and safety of residents and the environment through its sewage collection, treatment, and reuse facilities. Dubai Municipality is implementing a water resource strategy to maximize the use of treated sewage effluent through expansion of available irrigation supplies, recharge of depleted aquifers, and a resultant reduction in nonpotable demands on the potable water supply.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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