Dubai's Dewa says Remraam water safe

Residents had cited incidents of children with high fever and nausea, pets with mysterious diarrhea, as well as several residents with skin rashes and headaches
Dubai's Dewa says Remraam water safe
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By Beatrice Thomas
Sun 15 Dec 2013 11:08 AM

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has insisted its water supply to the Remraam community is safe following an investigation that found strong fumes were the result of a “petroleum-based substance” used to paint a pump room.

Dewa said its responsibility for supply was “until the meter only” and called on developer Dubai Properties Group to carry out environmental checks.

Last week Arabian Business reported residents’ concerns over what they claimed was a contaminated water supply that was making them sick. The residents, who said numerous inquiries to management had “zero effect”, cited incidents of children with high fever and nausea, pets with mysterious diarrhea, as well as several residents with skin rashes and headaches.

In response, property manager Taziz said it had refilled the water tanks with fresh water and Dubai Municipality “are satisfied with the outcome”.

However, Dewa said its technicians had also carried out a water quality review of the property, located between the Jebel Ali Free Zone and Arabian Ranches, and visited the site.

“We can confirm that DEWA's water supply to the Remraam community conforms to the specifications for potable water,” it said in a statement to Arabian Business.

Residents had previously said explanations the odour was from recently painted pump rooms “does not seem plausible”.

However, Dewa’s investigations found otherwise.

“DEWA as a caring citizen of the society has made further investigations within the community area, which is legally outside of Dewa's scope of responsibility, and has found that the recently-painted pump room used a petroleum-based substance that, within the enclosed space, has a strong smell,” it said.

“Based on these findings, it is the duty of the developer, through its contracted facilities management company, to carry out an environmental check on the premises.”

Dewa said it had contacted Dubai Properties Group.

“Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is aware of the situation and has responded immediately to these raised concerns when they were first raised,” it said.

“Dewa ensures that its water supply is of the highest quality as it takes the health of the inhabitants of Dubai very seriously.”

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