UAE may run out of groundwater by 2030

Dubai

For every drop of water that goes to waste from UAE taps, much is at stake for this generation and the coming ones, such as having no groundwater – at all – to be circulated through taps by 2030.

For years, the UAE has been among countries with the highest per capita water consumption in the world, according to the UN Environment Programme. The UAE placed third in this global ranking in 2013. This means that an average UAE resident consumes about 550 litres of water a day. This is more than three times the world average per capita consumption.

As the UAE marks World Water Day on Sunday, Gulf News looks into the real risk of water scarcity over the next 15 years and beyond.

The UN’s definition of a ‘water-scarce country’ is if it has 1,000 cubic metres of water or less available per person per year. The UAE’s natural water supply provides for less than half this level, making it one of the world’s most water-scarce nations.

The UAE has around 4,052,000 million cubic litres of groundwater in aquifers or basins under the land. With negligible amount of rainfall received annually, these aquifers seldom get replenished, if at all…

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