Environment

Let’s make the world a greener place


Our aim is to start a number of initiatives to help the people of Ajman discover how to be smarter with their water usage.

  • Develop new sources
  • Reduce consumption
  • Re-use water

Water is a very scarce resource. Finding and developing new sources can be expensive, difficult and very time consuming. There are a number of places where we get our water from, but they each have their own specific drawbacks, which means that we must constantly be aware of our water use and look for more innovative ways to increase our water supply.

Rainwater collection

 Around the world, collecting and using rainwater via dams is a natural process that can provide a great source of water for our development and current use. In the UAE, this is no exception. There are over 30 dams located throughout the country that collect rainwater to be stored in reservoirs that can be used for irrigation purposes.

Despite this, this is nowhere near a significant enough source for our overall water requirements for now and in the future as rainfall in the UAE is not frequent and on average is a very small amount.

Groundwater

Groundwater is exactly what it is, water that is located underground between rock sediments called aquifers. Over time, water enters the ground and is stored between soil pore spaces and gaps in rock formations. These massive, natural containers can – if used sparingly and efficiently – provide a significant amount of potable water to use in many ways. Aquifers are usually formed as part of a large system spanning a wide area and are found across the UAE and even cross-borders.

However, overexploitation of these aquifers is becoming an increasing worry for countries around the world and especially ones here in the Middle East where water demand is outpacing supply in some areas. For example, in Abu Dhabi, groundwater sources are being used at more than 15 times the rate at which they can be replenished. This means that water that has been stored up to 10,000 years ago will have completely vanished.

Even more worrying is what happens to the empty aquifers after the water is depleted. If they are not re-filled or filled in, saltwater intrusion can take place. This is where salt water from the coast gradually seeps in to the aquifers and makes the salinity levels of the soil increase. This can affect the local area and make it impossible for crops and other vegetation to grow properly.

Desalinated water

Modern technology has allowed us to harness the abundance of previously unusable water sources. Once thought unusable, seawater can now be used as an effective source of potable and drinking water for the whole population to enjoy. In fact, 40% of the water used in the UAE comes from desalination.

The process used in desalination plants is called “Reverse Osmosis”, where a semi-permeable membrane is used to separate the salts from the water. Over the years, this has developed to a convenient way of creating large volumes of water over a period of time.

Despite providing a great source of potable water, desalination comes with a hefty toll. The process can be very costly, not only in monetary terms but directly to the environment as well. The entire process is energy intensive, which is negatively contributing to our environment by adding excess carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere which in turn contributes to global warming. In addition to this, the natural ecosystem of the surrounding ocean is usually affected by such industrial water treatment.

Moving forward

With these factors in mind, we have to think of ways in which we can reduce our ever-increasing demand for water use and look into how we can best take advantage of recycling option to preserve such a vital resource.

Click the tabs above to find out different ways that you can save water in your everyday activities and how Ajman Sewerage is contributing to our ability to re-use water.

How can we help the environment?

Although we hope to implement various systems in households and workplaces throughout Ajman that can help reduce the use of water on a daily basis, saving water starts with you!

Every little bit will help us achieve a more sustainable world to live in. Doing so is very easy, all it takes are a few small changes in and around the house to make a difference.

Once you learn that water is very valuable and scarce, you realize how it can have an effect on the environment around us. Each individual has a part to play to ensure that the environment is kept safe for years to come. Here are some tips below on how you can save this precious resource.

Inside the home

Here is a series of tips that we recommend implementing in our daily life:

  • Take shorter showers and use a water efficient shower head. Did you know that an average shower lasting 8 minutes uses around 17 gallons of water? Try and keep it to a brisk 5 minutes.
  • Don’t leave the tap running when shaving or brushing teeth, this is unnecessary and can save up to 8 gallons of water per day!
  • Do not wash dishes under an open tap, fill up the sink with water and then wash dishes. If you have a dishwasher, make sure it is full before washing.
  • Only use the washing machine when full and on a water efficient setting.

For more information and for an exciting interactive game that teaches you more about saving water, visit http://www.waterwise.gov.ae/en:

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Outside the home

Here are other tips worth adopting in our daily life:

  • Water plants when the soil is dry and at night or early morning to avoid evaporation.
  • Install a drip irrigation system to efficiently water your plants throughout the day.
  • Only use plants that are from semi-arid conditions to prevent reliance on too much water, they will also last longer in the intense summer heat.
  • Do not spray water to clean outdoor surfaces, use a broom instead. This uses 0 litres of water and will also save money on your bills!
  • Utilize a waterless carwash, this is an inexpensive alternative and can leave your car looking exactly the same as a regular wash will.

For more information and for an exciting interactive game that teaches you more about saving water, visit http://www.waterwise.gov.ae/en:

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We need to encourage water recycling

The UAE has one of the highest water consumption rates in the world, with each person on average using 550 liters of water per day. Total annual water demand is predicted to be at 8.8 billion cubic metres by 2030, almost double what is consumed today.

This growth has to be slowed down if we want to become a society that is at the forefront of global environmental recognition and development. Instead of using more water from irreplaceable sources, why not use what we have already in a safe and clean way thanks to high standards water treatment?

Water recycling can do a lot to preserve the environment and help us achieve our future developmental goals: it can be used in residential and recreational applications, green spaces community-building opportunities, and commercial-industrial purposes. In a nutshell, supporting water recycling means supporting the urban development and the economic growth.

What are we doing with recycled water?

Currently, one third of the water that we treat is re-used to irrigate various areas in the Emirate of Ajman or is treated further to be utilized for particular practical commercial and industrial applications.

We aim to make recycled water the norm throughout the Emirate of Ajman, and want the general public to accept that recycled used water is one of the best sources for sustainable water use available. We want the people of Ajman and the UAE to be more open to the notion that once used, water can be re-used.

Reducing the need for expensive methods of water will allow to focus on other social development projects to improve further the lives of those living or working in the Emirate. We therefore continue to expand our used water recycling capabilities.

 

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