Abu Dhabi, Dubai utilities announce plans to connect water networks
August 15, 2017
The two sides will hire a consultancy to conduct a feasibility study
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) have announced a memorandum of understanding with the aim of connecting their water networks.
The deal between the utilities in the UAE’s two largest emirates will eventually see the exchange of potable water in emergencies and the establishment of strategic water reserves.
“This agreement supports our joint efforts to promote water security in the UAE, and achieve the objectives of the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021 to ensure a sustainable environment and preserve water resources in the UAE,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.
The organisations said they would work to secure the needs for their development plans by increasing the efficiency and operational capacity of their water networks to meet growing demand.
Both sides began a coordinated study for possible options for water interconnection between the two emirates in 2007 with the aim of preventing water crises and shortages.
The new MoU will see DEWA and ADWEA conduct a feasibility study for water interconnection between the two networks.
This will the two companies agree on a consultancy services tender, list of bidders, bids evaluation and awarding of a tender that will include the consultancy services for preparing studies and detailed designs for the connection points.