Musanada and Al Ain City Municipality have reached the 50% milestone in a project to construct main and secondary irrigation lines and reservoirs to serve the east of the city.
The $15.7million project, which spans 30km and is slated for completion by Q3 of this year, is being undertaken by 344 workers, engineers and consultants.
Four treated water tanks - each with a 900 cubic metre capacity together with auxiliary pumping stations at Mezyad, Al Dhaher, Umm Ghafah and Al Khurair – are also being constructed.
State-held news agency Wam reports that the project aims to secure sufficient supplies of recycled water for irrigation of existing and future vegetation cover, ensuring availability of sufficient water supplies for future and landscaping developments.
A remit to ensure sustainable and effective use of water while minimising use of groundwater and full automation of water and control of irrigation system in the eastern sector is also in force.
Once fully operational, infrastructure will serve the communities adjacent to the international highway that connects the UAE and Oman.
The two parties hope that the project will “significantly increase” economic benefits in the region.
Landscaping work – including construction of walkways, cycling paths and exercise areas fitted with physical fitness equipment – is also being introduced.
Mohammed Saeed Al Shamsi, parks and recreational facilities director, regional services, Eastern Sector, said: "The project aims to stop depletion of fresh groundwater at the eastern sector, covering the Mezyad, Umm Ghafah and Al Dhaher areas, besides meeting the needs of landscaping and walkways in line with the urban development witnessed in those areas, in addition to the preliminary findings of the study concerning the sector’s needs of irrigation treated water, recreational facilities and green spaces.
“This will be in addition to irrigation works, landscaping, playgrounds, physical fitness equipment, fittings and lighting, ultimately creating a healthy outlet for the sector’s residents."
The project is also expected to contribute to absorbing and solving the issue of rising groundwater levels in Al Ain by diverting excess water during winter.