Abu Dhabi DoE announces water recycling policy

Recycled Water Policy will promote infrastructure and adoption of recycled water sources


Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, DoE has announced a plan to optimise water recycling in the emirate.

The Recycled Water Policy will support efforts to preserve Abu Dhabi’s water resources, including drinking water and ground water. The policy is intended to support the development of recycled water including treatment and distribution, to provide an alternative water resource for the emirate.

The policy, developed in cooperation with the Treated Wastewater Reuse Committee, will require relevant entities to comply with the requirements for purchasing, transmitting, distributing, supplying and storing recycled water in an efficient, safe, and economic way. It provides general frameworks for the development of purchase and supply contracts

The policy also sets the perspective for a comprehensive economic value of recycled water in the long term and how to explore and open new markets to use recycled water and by-products of wastewater treatment.

The policy will be implemented by DoE, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company , Al Ain Distribution Company, Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company and the independent sewage treatment plants.

"The Recycled Water Policy underscores DoE’s recognition of water as a strategic resource and its understanding that water security is an integral part of the sustainable water security. There is an urgent need to develop an integrated policy to manage all water resources in the emirate, including recycled water,” said Mohamed Bin Jarsh Al Falasi, Undersecretary of the Department of Energy in Abu Dhabi.

“Our Recycled Water Policy is aligned with the objectives of UAE Water Security Strategy 2036 to ensure sustainable and continued access to water at all times and under any circumstances and to secure an adequate water supply for residential, commercial, governmental, industrial, and agricultural uses. We are dedicated to using the latest water recycling technology to make best use of water that would otherwise be wasted - this is a quantum leap in terms of water supply reserves that helps reduce reliance on water desalination and groundwater in Abu Dhabi.”

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