How to solve Green Community flooding?

Residents of Green Community have been dealing with repeated flooding over the last couple of years. Every now and then, the streets are filled with water, which has caused the shifting and even partial sinking of houses, describe residents on the community forum.

All that may soon come to an end, with United Properties (UP) and Nakheel expected to team up to build an underground pipeline network in the community in order to pump excessive groundwater into the sea, Emirates 24|7 has learnt.

The pipeline is expected to be operational within eight months.

Last week the community saw the streets flooded again, and residents are starting to wonder when a solution comes into place.

Green Community is a 67-hectare project of Properties Investment, a joint venture company between Union Properties and Dubai Investments.

Last year, seven water pumps were installed as a temporary measure to solve the problem. When this reporter visited the community, the seventh pump was being installed. Mani, an irrigation engineer working on the installation of the pumps said at that time: “Green Community West was built at a very low point. When it rains, all the water collects here and the streets get flooded.”

Although he said that the pumps would solve the problem, he also added: “In the 13 years that I have worked in the field, I have seen the water table in this community increase by 1.5 metres.”

A high water table in the community seems to be the source of the problem. “Yes, it is the high water table,” confirms a source within United Properties (UP).

The same source explains that the pumps were a temporarily solution the problem, and the actual solution may be agreed upon today, being a network of pipelines pumping out the water and transporting it into the sea.

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