Two new reservoirs in Ras Al Khaimah to mitigate water shortage

reservoir RAKA water reservoir, with a capacity of 15,000 gallons, was already covering the water needs of the people in Wadi Ghalila. (Image source: Werner Wilmes/Flickr)The UAE’s Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) will build two new water reservoirs with a capacity of 20,000 gallons to meet the needs of the people of Wadi Ghalila in the emirate

The authority had earlier received several complaints about water shortage from residents. Even a cut in water supply has been reported in the last few days, according to Khaleej Times.

The authority has decided to build two new water reservoirs at Wadi Ghalila, of 10,000 gallons capacity each, to cater to residents and put an end to their lack of water supply. “A water reservoir, with a capacity of 15,000 gallons, was already covering the water needs of the people there, but the two new reservoirs are needed to cope with urban expansion in Wadi Ghalila.” The new reservoirs are more than enough for the 25 houses there, he affirmed.

“FEWA has adopted some developmental plans to improve the amounts of water being supplied to residents of mountainous areas.”

Mohammed Saleh, director general of FEWA, said they have initially supplied the reported area with tankers of water that met the water needs of residents.

“We are also enhancing the pumping capacity there and the two new water reservoirs will be completed before Eid Al Fitr,” Saleh said, adding that Al Kheb district, where the water shortage was reported, is the farthest residential area in the Wadi Ghalila.

“The Wadi includes other residential districts including Halhal, Mesedia, Al Qar and others, where all the water requirements have been met.”

These plans focus on improving the quality of the water being supplied, by extending pipes directly from the water desalination stations and ceasing the dependence on underground water, Saleh explained. ”We are also focusing on replacing the old pipes with new, bigger and longer ones.”

FEWA recently extended a number of these new water lines over 74km, he said. “The pipes, with different diameters of 110mm to 250mm, are made of high-resistance polyethylene.”

These have been installed in Shaam, Ghalila, Al Rams, and other areas to keep up with the urban expansion.

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