By Staff writer
Industry leaders to gather in Abu Dhabi to discuss urgent need for new water supply projects later this month
Total annual water consumption in the GCC is 26.5 billion cubic metres yet total water production is only 7.1 billion metres per annum, according to research by industry analysts Frost & Sullivan.
With groundwater supplies almost exhausted in some countries, there is an urgent need for new water supply projects to come online to meet the 19.4 billion cubic metre water deficit, the research said.
Leaders in the region's water and wastewater industry will be discussing how to best meet this gap between consumption and production at the upcoming Waterworld Middle East Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Abu Dhabi on October 12-14.
The demand for drinking water in Qatar alone is expected to increase by 138 percent in the next six years mainly as economic growth and a surging population put pressure on resources, the head of Ras Laffan Power Company-Qatar said earlier this year.
Qatar has also said it will spend $884m on projects to more than double its water supply and boost reserves.
"The recognised need to address the gap has attracted more than 100 water technology companies, service providers and equipment manufacturers to the region," said Tom Freyberg, conference director for WaterWorld Middle East.
"It is the goal of our conference to bring technology leaders together with decision makers to enhance dialogue around best practices for asset management and wastewater management to address eminent water shortage challenges."
Some of the region's top consultants and service providers will take part in a panel debate on Delivering Water Projects, he added.
Leading projects that have recently come online to help address the increasing need for water in the region will also be reviewed during the conference.