By Beatrice Thomas
Developer says testing shows water is safe to drink after contamination scare last month
The developer behind Dubai’s Remraam community, which has been at the centre of a contamination scare, says latest testing has found the water is safe to drink.
Dubai Properties Group (DPG) said testing was carried out by Dubai Municipality and DPG on December 12 and December 23.
It said the tests “confirmed that the water is indeed safe for consumption in compliance with international approved standards applicable for drinking water”.
“As an additional precautionary measure, we have also conducted comprehensive cleaning and flushing of the entire water system for the safety and comfort of residents,” it said.
Last month Arabian Business revealed water testing by Dubai Municipality at Remraam, located between the Jebel Ali Free Zone and Arabian Ranches, on December 10 showed Bromate levels 23 times higher than allowable health limits.
In what confirmed residents’ contamination claims, testing of tank water at Remraam found Bromate levels of 239 micrograms per litre – well above the public health limit of a maximum 10 micrograms/L.
Bromate, according to US health authority literature, is formed when ozone used to disinfect drinking water reacts with naturally occurring bromide found in source water.
While not harmful in small doses, ingested in bigger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, with more severe cases linked to kidney problems.
Residents had raised concerns that water at the community was making them sick, with several residents citing children with high fever and nausea, pets with diarrhea as well as residents with skin rashes and headaches.
Residents told Arabian Business on Thursday that DPG had arranged to drain, clean and refill water tanks in all buildings, which was currently underway.
They said some residents had obtained retest results from Dubai Municipality, which confirmed this action had eradicated the problem.
Most of the remaining buildings are expected to have tanks changed within the next week, sources said.
Logic tells you that if they went to the trouble of doing all that work, there must have been a hint of something amiss in the first place. Desalinated water, has always tasted far from sweet anyway.
I prefer not to put it directly in kettles either, there is a United Nations standard water filter/purifier that I believe you can buy online that does the trick, should residents wish for a second line of defence. We have used it in Spain to purify irrigation water into drinking water.