Experts Call for Urgent Action to Save Water

DUBAI — The UAE is the third largest per capita water consumer after the US and Canada, according to a world survey. Shocking as it might sound, experts suggest the phenomenon needs immediate action to curb its spiralling magnitude.

By Afshan Ahmed

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Published: Fri 10 Oct 2008, 1:45 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:30 PM

John Thomson, an expert in water conservation who works with companies in the UAE imparting methods to conserve water, said that small initiatives in daily life could make all the difference. “In the UAE on a minimum, a person uses 14 litres of water per day at the basin while the accepted amount is 6 litres.” By 2050, per capita water availability in the Middle East and North Africa will fall by 50 per cent.

An urgent need to create awareness of the harsh realities of life without water has led to the ‘Save Water’ campaign.

The campaign has commenced with the Save Water Painting Competition targeted at all schoolchildren between the ages of six and 11 in the UAE.

The UAE Ministry of Education and AGMC-BMW Importer announced the beginning of the annual competition on Wednesday.

This year, the focus is on the looming water crisis with six other organisations committing to the cause as well.

Ahmad Abdul-Rahman, Director, Department of Student Activities, Ministry of Education, said: “Our environment is rapidly degenerating. To protect it, we need to take drastic measures.”

“‘Water Stress’ has been a common denominator between disease, rising food prices and many political crises around the world,” he added.

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