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Water efficiency initiative launched

Emaar Properties and Dubai Municipality have signed a partnership agreement for a water efficiency initiative aimed at reducing sewage production in 58 properties on Sheikh Zayed Road. A reduction of up to 40% is expected, depending on the building use and occupancy.

Emaar Properties and Dubai Municipality have signed a partnership agreement for a water efficiency initiative aimed at reducing sewage production in 58 properties on Sheikh Zayed Road. A reduction of up to 40% is expected, depending on the building use and occupancy.

Under the partnership, water saving devices will be fitted to taps, showers, shattafs, cisterns and water tanks in the buildings. The end filter on taps will be replaced by laminar flow aerators or spray heads to reduce the flow of water. Pipework supplying water to showers and shattafs will be fitted with inline flow restrictors. These will be set to different flow rates, typically 13.5l/min for showers and 9.5l/min for shattafs.

An anti-bacterial displacement bag will be installed in cistern tanks to reduce the volume by approximately 30% and a dual-flush system will be introduced where possible. A Dubai Municipality spokesperson said: “Typically, the customer can expect to save 20-40% water use, depending on the nature of the property. Savings will be higher in commercial establishments such as shopping malls.”

Emaar is planning to roll out the initiative across its new and existing properties. A company spokesperson revealed: “All common areas in Emirates living, Arabian Ranches and Dubai Marina have already been retro-fitted with water saving devices by Emaar. The firm will distribute relevant literature in all communities to pave the way for installing water saving devices and pilot projects have already been undertaken.”

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