Dubai Municipality has succeeded in containing fully the rain water that lashed the emirate during the weekend by opening all roads and streets between Dubai and other Emirates, as well as the internal roads.
"All these streets have been cleaned of accumulated water, sand, debris and residues, " said Eng. Talib Julfar, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality for Environment and Public Health Services Sector and Team Leader of Ghaith Dubai that supervises the storm water.
He said the Dubai Horse Race arena was also cleaned ahead of the prestigious Dubai World Cup.
Julfar said that the Ghaith Dubai team mobilised more than 3,000 people, including labourers, inspectors, technicians and other officials, who were pressed into service around the clock.
"In addition to that 50 tankers of the Municipality, more than 60 tankers of contractors cooperating with the Municipality, were used in cooperation with the RTA, which also facilitated the cleaning work. The labourers, technicians and other team members deployed in the affected areas throughout the Emirate worked with a competitive spirit to solve the emergency issues on a continuous and faster pace until the removal of all obstacles that can block traffic," he said.
Julfar said that each tankers transported many water loads, especially from areas not connected to the sewage network in some areas of Jumeirah and behind the zoo.
He explained that the reason for the accumulation of rain water is that the developers stop receiving the treated water from the treatment plants as the free water provided by rain is sufficient.
"Therefore, we are studying the possibility of providing all developers water without charge during the rainy season and urge developers to use the treated water until the load on the treatment plant is reduced. As the stations do not have storage tanks to sore treated water it is disposed in the sea or used on the streets or parks or major projects implemented by developers," he said.
"Clear instructions have been given to the team and to the officials of the sewage network not to open sewage pipes letting the untreated rainwater flowing directly into the sea because it can actually cause us an environmental disaster. The Municipality, which protects the environment, can never cause pollution of the sea and the marine wealth as well as the public health of the people of the Emirate," Julfar said.