Contract win for Dewa’s $43m Al Lusaily project
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has awarded a construction contract worth $42.7m (AED157m) for a water reservoir in Al Lusaily, but did not disclose the name of the contractor.
Set to be operational in 24 months, the reservoir will store up to 60 million gallons of desalinated water, increasing Dubai’s total water storage capacity by around 7%.
The contract’s scope covers construction of a rectangular-shaped concrete reservoir that will be located next to an existing water storage facility, which has twice the storage capacity of the new one and can store up to 120 million gallons of desalinated water.
Dewa said its total water storage capacity will increase from 830 million gallons today to 890 million gallons when the reservoir commences operations.
The need to build more water storage facilities is clear; water consumption in Dubai is rising in line with population growth. Residential units accounted for 81% of Dubai’s total water consumption in 2017, while the industrial sector accounted for less than 1% during the period, according to Dewa statistics.
Managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said Dubai needed to upgrade its infrastructure to support water delivery.