The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has said that each of us are responsible to maintain and improve the quality and quantity of fresh water so that it may be available for generations.
The agency issued the statement to mark World Water Day yesterday and to raise public awareness about the importance of conserving water and managing freshwater resources in a sustainable way.
Its theme for this year is "Conserve Water… Conserve Life".
A seminar was organised for EAD employees entitled Integrated Water Resources Management in Abu Dhabi Emirate and was delivered by Dr Mohammed Dawoud, Manager, Natural Resources Policy Team, EAD.
"Our emirate is characterised with an arid climate and we experience less than 100mm/year rainfall.
"We have no reliable surface water resources and yet, currently, we continue to have one of the highest per capita water consumptions in the world," said Dr Dawoud.
Overall water scarcity and ongoing depletion and potential for pollution (especially nitrates from the extensive use of inorganic fertilisers) of the emirate's useable, natural (ground) water resources, which have arisen from rapid social/economic development in the past four decades, has placed considerable stress on sectoral water use.
On Thursday, EAD will organise a panel discussion to highlight the UAE's water problems.