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Sharjah to introduce ‘prepaid’ plan for water

The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has revealed plans to implement a prepaid water control system that will put the cap on excess consumption

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The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has revealed plans to implement a prepaid water control system that will put the cap on excess consumption.

SEWA has already launched a pilot programme, stating advanced technological devices to detect water leakage at government entities, residential buildings and mosques in the emirate of Sharjah have produced encouraging results in energy efficiency and saving.

Dr Rashid Al Leem, the Chairman of SEWA said these devices were part of an innovative pilot project approved by the Ministry of Energy to rationalise consumption of electricity and water under the National Strategy for Innovation.

The prepaid water control circuit systems for water metering and leakage, he said, had achieved promising results in detecting unseen leakages.

According to him, SEWA was planning to expand the project to include all government departments, schools, mosques and high end-consumers.

Essam Al Mulla, Head of Water unit, said the systems were installed in 25 mosques, eight government departments and a number of housing units.

"Water consumption was reduced by 40% in government departments, 30% in mosques and 20 per cent in residential complexes," he noted.

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