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Dubai's DEWA says water connections up 30% amid rising demand

State utility says increase in demand is led by new developments and growth across all economic sectors

Dubai's DEWA says water connections up 30% amid rising demand
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA

Dubai's state utility has said that it recorded a 30 percent increase in water connections in the emirate during 2014 compared to the previous year.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said the increase in demand for water was led by new developments and growth across all sectors of the national economy.

These included construction, economic, industrial, and service projects, DEWA said in a statement.

DEWA recorded 6,950 new connections in 2014, which increased total connections to 30,300, compared to 23,350 in 2013.

"Our strategy is to enhance the efficiency and reliability of the water network to meet growing demand, increase water flow to fulfil increasing demand for water in all parts of Dubai and raise the volume of the Emirate's water reserves," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

"DEWA works to secure all requirements for its growth plans by increasing efficiency and operational capacity of its water networks to meet growing demand for its services," he added.

DEWA's current installed capacity is 470 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day. Peak demand is 316 million imperial gallons per day, Al Tayer said.

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