RAK farms warned over misuse of underground water

The Environment Protection and Development Authority had issued ultimatums to absolutely stop selling underground water.

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Published: Wed 15 Jul 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 15 Jul 2015, 10:38 AM

Ras Al Khaimah - The Environment Protection and Development Authority in Ras Al Khaimah has issued warning to eight farms, located at different areas of the emirate, for illegal use of underground water.
Dr Saif Mohammed Al Ghais, executive director of the authority, said the erring farms proved to have been selling underground water to contracting and industrial companies in violation of law.
The authority had given permission to the eight farms to dig water wells for agricultural uses. The said farms have been issued ultimatums to absolutely stop selling underground water, and amend their positions, he added.
"Underground water is a strategic, rare and vulnerable natural source that has been protected by law, and no one is entitled to waste or sell it under any circumstances or face legal action."
Should the farms fail to abide by law and stop their illegal practices before the end of August this year, the licenses for digging water wells shall be revoked, Dr Ghais warned.
"Stiff penalties shall further be slapped on any farm that does not show full compliance with the non-agricultural use of underground water ban as per set rules and regulations."
Erring farms shall be even liable to closure and withdrawal, if proved to use underground water in industrial or contracting uses, he underlined.
"The authority shall intensify inspection raids against all farms across the emirate to track and nab violators."
Dr Ghais said most of the relevant violations spotted were in farms at the suburbs and distant southern areas. The raids shall not be limited to farms but will span contracting and industrial companies, he pointed out.
"Some of these companies proved to be trading in underground water, while others rented farms to use directly their underground water."
ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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