New buildings to be linked with sewerage network

DUBAI - Dubai Municipality is currently undertaking a Dh34 million project for providing sewerage connections to houses and buildings that are under construction in various parts of Dubai.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 18 Aug 2004, 9:59 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:15 PM

This was stated by Juma Khalifa Al Fuqaie, Acting Head of the Drainage Monitoring and Development Section at the Drainage and Irrigation Department of Dubai Municipality.

He noted that the two-year long project, which began in May this year, is part of a new approach in providing sewerage connections to the city's newly built houses.

"The method we adopted in the past was to wait until works of a new building are complete and the contractors submit an application for a sewage connection with no-objection certificates from the relevant service authorities. Under the new initiative, we go to the field and survey the buildings that are under construction in various parts of the emirate and initiate proceedings for providing house connections so that the building is connected to the vast sewage net-work of the city, even before the building is actually ready for use by the owner or the tenants," said Al Fuqaie.

He noted that so far some 110 new buildings have been connected to the network since the project took off in May this year. "In Dubai, a lot of new buildings are coming up in no time. Hence, there is need to offer this particular service, which will help save time for both the contractors and the owners," he added.

Al Fuqaie explained that the house connection system at the department was connected to the Building and Housing Department of Dubai Municipality, which issues building permits and supervises construction activities in the city. "This will boost the efficiency of the system as we know in advance how many new buildings are coming up and in which areas. We then initiate the procedures for providing the connection even before the contractor or consultant submit the relevant documents," Al Fuqaie said.

In addition, he noted, a field survey is also being conducted in order to identify the locations and buildings requiring this service more.

It has to be noted that Dubai Municipality is currently working on setting up the action plan of sewage and rain drainage projects, which is expected to meet the requirements of the emirate till 2020. For this purpose, the urban areas have been divided into main sewerage areas to serve the main pumping station from where it will be pumped to the sewage pumping station located in Al Aweer, or the future station at Jebel Ali. Dubai Municipality had awarded a local contracting company with drainage network projects of Muhaisna 3(244) and 4(245) area, as well as the storm water project of Industrial area in Qusais 2 (243).

The project area is located between four main streets - Amman Street from the North, Baghdad Street from South, the Emirates Road from East, Damascus Street from the West - as well as the junction of Baghdad Street and Halab Street.

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