Sharjah steps up campaign to save water
SHARJAH // Regular maintenance of water pipes in residential, commercial and agricultural areas is vital to aid conservation and keep utility bills low.
The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) has stepped up a campaign to save water and is asking residents to check for signs of leaks by looking for increases in consumption on their monthly bills.
“Individuals can notice water leaks by closing down all taps and monitoring the meter readings,” said Ghada Salim, head of water conservation at Sewa. “After two hours if there are additions on the meter, then there is a leak in one of the pipes and they should immediately notify the authorities to come and check.”
The authority issued 291 fines last year related to leaks as a result of non-maintenance of pipes.
“Only 32 leaks were found to be visible,” Ms Salim said, adding that leaks wasted a lot of water and affected the authority’s programme of conservation.
Sewa inspectors also check the condition of water tanks and the quality of the water inside, with samples analysed in the authority’s lab. Last year Sewa issued 841 warning notices related to tanks.
Officials also visited 6,176 building sites in the emirate to check on their water usage and asked contractors to install water-rationalisation systems.
The authority is also undertaking several conservation awareness campaigns in schools and last year held 18 workshops in schools.
Updated: March 23, 2014 04:00 AM