Abu Dhabi: Treated wastewater currently makes up 76 per cent of the water used for landscaping purposes in the capital, and municipal authorities hope to increase this to 100 per cent by 2030, top officials said in the capital last month.
In fact, this gradual scaling up will be obvious even in 2018 when the proportion of treated wastewater used in landscaping will increase to 80 per cent, and then increase further to 85 per cent by 2020, said Hussain Al Saeedi, head of standards and studies at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City.
“Water is a precious resource, and one of our main aims as we look at making the city greener is reducing the amount of potable and desalinated water used. The main challenge in this is the development of infrastructure that can deliver the wastewater to the required locations,” Al Saeedi told Gulf News.
“Other than this, we are also looking at ways to reduce the amount of water that is required. So instead of using water-intensive plants and grass, landscaping in Abu Dhabi now involves the use of native plants that grow equally well in our arid environment,” he added.
Al Saeedi was speaking on the sidelines of the Future Landscaping and Public Realm conference, which saw industry experts meet with government officials and urban planners to discuss how to make the city more liveable and sustainable. More info