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A Myriad of Small Leaks May Lead to a Deluge of Water Wars in The Middle East

An interesting article in today’s Arabian Business online edition which emphasized that the Middle East is facing the threat of a ‘water war’ unless Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq address their huge water wastage problems. An industry expert with the specialist water group Metito warned that water leakages in these four countries run at over 50%, resulting in a massive waste of a limited resource. As the article notes:

“…Leakages from water systems in the region are higher than in Europe, even though water is a scarce commodity in the region. Unless both governments and the private sector address this, the Middle East could witness water wars.”

Meanwhile, the UAE’s water loss percentage is only 11% which is below the acceptable limit of 15%, meaning the Gulf nation is one of the lowest ranking countries in terms of regional water loss.

Smith urged the Middle East government’s to accelerate the installation of efficient water appliances, since the current lack of infrastructure is increasing pressure on the region’s demand for fresh water.

…According to Dewa [Dubai's state-owned utility], the city’s average individual consumption of 20,000 kilowatt hours a year and 130 gallons of water a day is higher than the US, UK and Singapore.

Last year UAE environment and water minister Mohammad Saeed Al claimed water shortage would be the biggest economic, social and environmental challenge faced by Arab countries.

Al Kindi said Arab cities would face a water shortage of 100 to 133 billion cubic metres a year by 2030.”



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