Project update: 72% of Lusaily water reservoir project complete, reveals DEWA

DEWA plans to increase Dubai’s water reserve to 1,002 MIG by 2021

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has said that it has completed 72% of the water reservoir project in the Lusaily area. Once complete, the reservoir will have a storage capacity of 60m imperial gallons (MIG).

The project is being built at a cost of $47.75 million and is expected to be complete at the end of the first half of 2021, said a statement from DEWA.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA recently inspected the project with Abdullah Obaidullah, executive VP of Water and Civil and Branly Nassour, VP – Water Projects & Engineering, Water Maintenance and New Connections.

“DEWA works in line with its strategy to consolidate Dubai’s leading position as a role model in the effectiveness and efficiency of the electricity and water infrastructure to meet current and future development requirements in Dubai. We are currently building a reinforced concrete 60m gallon reservoir in Lusaily alongside the existing one, which stores 120m gallons of desalinated water,” explained Al Tayer.

He added, “We are building another 120 MIG reservoir in Nakhali to increase the water flow and raise the volume of the emirate’s water reserve. This meets the growing demand, supports the sustainable development of Dubai, and increases the efficiency and reliability of water networks.”

Al Tayer stated that DEWA plans to increase the water storage capacity in Dubai to 1,002 MIG by 2021 compared to the current capacity of 815 MIG. He said that DEWA adopts the latest global technologies to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure and manage all facilities and services in the emirate through smart connected systems.

He explained that DEWA is working to activate all its smart water meters across Dubai by the end of the year. Smart meters improve operational efficiency, reduce water losses, and help customers monitor their consumption accurately and instantaneously, anytime, anywhere. This promotes the responsible use and sustainability of resources.

Losses in DEWA’s water transmission and distribution networks decreased from 42% in 1988 to 6.6%. This is one of the lowest worldwide, Al Tayer concluded.


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