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Thirsty Qataris some of highest per capita water users

Qataris use 6 times as much as expats, but only have emergency supplies for 7 days

Thirsty Qataris some of highest per capita water users
Qataris consumed as much as 1,200 litres of water a day (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images).

Qatar is set to launch a water
conservation campaign as it was revealed the gas-rich Gulf state has one of the world’s
highest consumption rates, but only has enough emergency supplies for seven days.

Qatar’s per capita water
consumption rate, estimated at around 430 litres a day, was likely to be the
highest in the world, Issa Hilal al-Kuwari, president of Kahramaa (Qatar
General Electricity & Water Corporation) was quoted as saying on Tuesday by
the Gulf Times newspaper.

Kahramaa also claimed Qataris
consumed as much as 1,200 litres of water a day, more than six times the 200
litres consumed by their expatriate counterparts. However, these figures were
based on data from 2009.

Consumption is set to grow by
nine percent per annum over the next few years, Al-Kuwari said. “The same level
or even a little more growth is expected in water consumption in the next
couple of years as well and it tends to grow further in view of steady growth
in the country’s population,” he said.

With high per capita usage rates
and continued growth in consumption, al-Kuwari said Kahramaa was planning to
conduct an awareness campaign among the country’s residents to encourage
“optimising consumption” of water and to reduce their usage.

The move comes as it he revealed
Qatar only had capacity to store water for a maximum of seven days. “In the
event of an emergency, Qatar could store water for even up to seven days
without any difficulties,” he said.

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ZeTallGerman 8 years ago

I'm sure the numbers are pretty much the same here in the UAE... I've lived in Emirati neighbourhoods and the amount of water that is wasted every single day by washing cars (daily!), "watering" the driveways / sidewalks, etc. is mind-boggling. Perhaps DEWA should actually charge those who are using the most water carelessly, instead of most expatriates who are more careful with their water consumption due to high costs and more environmental awareness... just wishful thinking on my part, of course...

Jay 8 years ago

I understand the subsidy for locals both Emirati & Qatari but your right they just waste water. What would be best is just to allocate each of them a water allowance and charge them the same rate as expats. That way they wont waste but they still get a subsidy.

PKK 8 years ago

Environmental awareness in this part of the world is non-existing. Waste of water, wast of energy, plastic bags and empty bottles litter the roads. Technology and expertise is available in Europe....

CJM 8 years ago

Couldn't agree more. In Qatar it amazes me when you go to the supermarkets, buy say 5 items and you'll probably end up with 10 plastic bags!!

Rajesh Mukherjee 8 years ago

I just wonder when it comes to usage of natural resources does it matter if you are local or expat when it comes to the issue of wastage. I mean it beats the whole purpose of conservation.