Consumption of water for ablution in mosques in the emirate of Abu Dhabi has dropped by 53 percent thanks to a pilot project carried out by Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) and its partners Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) and the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf).
Officials from the three organisations inked in May 2017 a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in a bid to reduce the consumption of ablution water in the emirate’s mosques.
In the first phase, the ADDC has replaced 12,435 taps in 829 mosques in Abu Dhabi and Dhafra with more efficient, automatic shut-off taps.
The new taps have a flow of 6 litres per minute per tap as well as a 15-second shut-off time to further reduce waste.
The high quality tap model complies with quality standards of Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), Estidama – the sustainability programme spearheaded by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and guidelines and standards for Mosques by the Mosque Development Committee (MDC), a body responsible for formulating general strategy to manage mosques in Abu Dhabi. It has obtained the GCC’s Trustmark for Environmental Performance.
Saeed Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADDC, said the ablution water consumption project is part of the Department of Energy’s Tarsheed programme, which aims to slash water and electricity consumption by 20 per cent by 2030.
He stated that the first phase, which commenced in May 2017 in Abu Dhabi and Dhafra, is now complete and expected to save up to 700,000 cubic metre of water yearly.
”The second phase, which covers Al Ain, will start before the end of year,” he added.