UAE is world's largest water consumer
Emirates water consumption is 80 per cent higher than global average
The UAE has emerged as the world’s largest water consumer per capita, with the nation’s average more than 80 per cent above the global average.
The average per-capita consumption of water in the UAE currently stands at 356 litres, and demand is expected to double to nine billion cubic metres a year in 2030, due to population growth.
The news will come as no surprise to water experts, who insist that tariffs must rise to curb wastage in the Emirates. The UAE’s water cost to the consumer is a fraction of what it costs to produce, leading to huge wastage. Experts argue that raising tariffs would provide a financial incentive to be more careful with the resource – which largely comes from expensive desalination plants – but earlier this year DEWA announced it had no plans to change its tariffs.