RAK residents promised solution for high water salinity

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority is laying a desalinated water pipe in Ras Al Khaimah in response to complaints from residents about high water salinity.

RAS AL KHAIMAH // Ras Al Khaimah residents have been promised radical solutions to water salinity problems in Al Jeer.

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority is laying a desalinated water pipe from the Ghalilah desalination plant to the two water tanks in Al Rumailah and Al Dhuhuriyeen, said Mohammed Al Shamsi, spokesman for the authority.

The authority started the project, expected to be finished within two months, in response to complaints from Al Jeer and Shaam residents about the high salinity of water in their areas, said Mr Al Shamsi, according to Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister paper of The National.

The new pipe has a diameter of 400 metres and is made of ductile iron. It will meet current and future water needs of residents in northern areas of RAK, said Mr Al Shamsi, adding that this will help to drastically resolve water salinity problems and allow the closure of highly saline underground wells feeding these areas.

The project also involves replacing old water networks that contain asbestos and minimising the loss of water resources.

Due to high levels of water salinity in Al Jeer, many residents have been forced to buy water from desalination plants to meet their daily needs.

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