Gulf's Construction Boom Increases Pressure on Desalination Industry

25 Jun 2007 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
duBai, united arab emirates

— The exponential growth of the real estate and industrial sectors in the Persian Gulf region, due to high oil and gas revenues, could threaten water sector development. Analysts at the Emirates Environment Group said construction projects in the region could waste over 112 billion liters of potable water over the next two years. In a construction industry assessment, Jeff Stephenson, vice president and chief operating officer of Oryx (Al Maha) Enterprises, expected that increased pressure on groundwater reserves and desalination plants also will get worse. "As natural aquifers are being significantly stretched, there is an increasing reliance on desalinated water, which costs up to three times as much as groundwater...

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