The Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), which is a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower), has revealed that it has begun supplying recycled water to Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.
Approximately 4.4 million imperial gallons of recycled water per day will be supplied to the island’s community for landscaping, significantly reducing its reliance on desalinated water. ADDC has also connected Saadiyat Island to the existing recycled water network from Yas Island.
The project is the part of the first phase of a programme that intends to boost the utilisation of recycled water in Abu Dhabi, reducing reliance on desalinated and ground water for landscaping and agriculture purposes, according to the state news agency, Wam.
The next phases of the programme will include irrigation in other parts of the emirate, and extending the use of recycled water beyond landscaping and irrigation purposes.
Commenting on the potential of recycled water as an untapped sustainable resource the managing director of ADDC, Saeed Mohamed Al Suwaidi, said: “Water is one of the world’s most precious resources, requiring careful management, maintenance and deployment. We must constantly seek sustainable and practical solutions for optimal utilisation.”
Al Suwaidi added: “Our new recycled water project is a significant milestone for Abu Dhabi’s sustainability objectives, as it maximises the use of desalinated water, prevents the depletion of natural ground water, and channels untapped recycled water for municipality irrigation. This is just one step in a broader initiative that will drive our Emirate’s sustainable growth and development for decades to come.”