Civic body introduces device to save water

DUBAI — As a way of addressing the growing concern over water conservation, the Dubai Municipality (DM) has introduced a water-saving device that reduces the flow but not the pressure of water.

By Criselda E. Diala

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Published: Sat 1 Oct 2005, 11:01 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:47 PM

Speaking at a conference organised by the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), Engr. Hisham Bukhari of the DM's Drainage and Irrigation Centre (DIC) said the device can actually reduce the flow of water out of the tap by about 60 to 80 per cent.

The stainless steel gadget, which is only about an inch in diameter and one and a half inches in length, is currently available to the public for a modest price at the municipality's DIC counter.

Engr. Bukhari said, however, that the device will eventually be distributed in other locations within the emirate for better public accessibility.

"Unlike filters and aerators that only soften waterflow by introducing air, the numerous parts inside the small water-saving device can actually lessen the waterflow by transforming the flow from solid mass into jets," Bukhari explained.

The engineer estimated that by using the water-saving device, households can save around 50% off their monthly water consumption.

Bukhari said that installation instructions will also be given to people who purchase the device.

"It is easy to instal. Even a child can do it," the DM representative assured.

Aside from the water-saving device, Bukhari also introduced a plastic bag that is meant to be placed inside toilet tanks. The chemically-treated plastic bag can save about 30 per cent of the water flushed and does not accumulate bacteria like ordinary plastics.

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