Emiratis may be charged for water usage in Abu Dhabi

November 21, 2012
Abu Dhabi is considering whether to charge Emiratis for domestic water consumption. The UAE’s capital is planning to put a tariff to reduce irrigation.
Abu Dhabi is considering whether to charge Emiratis for domestic water consumption. The UAE’s capital is planning to put a tariff to reduce irrigation.

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.