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Empower saves 882,000 m3 of water in 2014

District cooling company cuts back on desalinated water after switch to treated sewage effluent.

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Empower saved 882,000 cubic metres of desalinated water in 2014, enough to fill 354 Olympic swimming pools, thanks to a switch to using treated sewage effluent (TSE) at some of its district cooling plants.

The Dubai-based company began the transition to treated water in four plants - in Dubai Healthcare City, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre and Business Bay.

The switch to treated sewage water (TSE) is in adherence to Law No. (27) of 2008 stipulating that district cooling companies must opt for sea water, grey water or treated sewage effluents (TSE) as opposed to desalinated water.

Empower has also implemented a new system to restore the cooling water used in the refinery for reuse. The company is working towards further reductions, said Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.

"Under the directive and vision of the Government of Dubai and the UAE toward sustainable practices, we have been able to achieve global excellence in adopting TSE water for DC (District Cooling) services, proving that DC is the ideal solution for meeting the demand for the chilling sector without compromising on saving fresh water," said Bin Shafar.

"The key advantage of DC is that it is environment friendly. The use of treated wastewater enhances the environmental role of this technology, compared to conventional methods," he added.

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