Emiratis may be charged for water usage in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is considering whether to charge Emiratis for domestic water consumption, local daily 7Days reported citing a source at the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (ADWEC).

“Water consumption for villa gardens is simply too high. Emiratis pay just a few fils for water and we have found some who leave the garden tap on all day, which is putting a big strain on resources,” the paper quoted the source as saying.

There were plans to put a tariff in place but that decision was a political one and was not certain, he said.

The UAE’s capital is planning to put a tariff to reduce irrigation.

Residential irrigation accounts for a colossal 57 gallons of desalinated water per person per day in Abu Dhabi - compared to 74 gallons per person for all other domestic use, including drinking water, showers, baths, washing machines and water used for household cleaning, the daily reported citing a ADWEC official.

Abu Dhabi government has been encouraging many projects such as the museum on Saadiyat Island, to use non-vegetative hardscaping instead of living plants.

However, Emirati Mira Al Suweidi, said many UAE nationals won’t accept hardscaping their gardens with non-living decorations.