We can do anything with water except live without it. Imagine, the cities of the UAE, meet all their drinking water needs from desalinated water! Waste water is treated and reused for greenery. There are several sea water desalination plants in the UAE. In the model green city, Masdar, four smaller pilot desalination plants will use solar power! Using an old technology, ocean desalination, a plant in UAE, at Jebel Ali can produce 564 million gallons of water a day from the sea!
Everyone pays for water by public meter, so they are more careful with its use. Water saving toilets and showerheads are mandatory. Over use of water is indicated on the bills in red. It is time we thought about the use of water more carefully, when it is still available. Treating water becomes more and more expensive as we deplete our supplies.
In spite of their water issues, UAE is generously involved in efforts to provide foreign water aid, which include basic water supplies projects, digging wells, developing rivers basins, general hygiene, large scale water supply systems, large scale general hygiene systems and conservation of water resources in more than 61 countries, at a cost exceeding AED 1 billion. Top recipient countries of water projects includes: Afghanistan, Pakistan the only two Polio affected countries where impure water is key source of infection, Lebanon, Somalia and Sudan. In addition, UAE supports water projects in West African countries, such as Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Burundi.
Water projects have contributed in improving the enrolment rates of the school students, and for girls and women joining rates to adult literacy classes. In rural areas around the world, children, especially girls and women, are engaging in a daily journey searching for water, and spending long hours that force them to miss opportunities of education and improving their livelihoods. Funded water projects helped in improving the personal hygiene, which reduced infections of hygiene related diseases. In addition, the availability of water resources saved some time for women to take care of their children and families, which led to improved maternal and child health. It also provides more time for the family to engage in income- generating activities. Also water availability helped in reducing the struggle over water. This helped in reducing conflicts, providing security and peace. For example, Merowe Dam in Sudan, which UAE has helped fund in providing energy of 1250 MW and irrigating 300,000 hectares of cultivated land.
Unless we are careful, we will soon join the 1.2 billion people who live in places where it is tough to get water. It is estimated that climate change is moving more parts of the world into desertification. The world population is expected to cross 9 billion by 2050! Unless we start working on saving water, even on an individual level, most of them will be thirsty. Start rain harvesting today! Start conserving water!
Rotary in the sub continent, under the leadership of RI Director Manoj Desai will hold their annual Institute in Dubai in December 2016. www.dubairotaryinstitute2016.org
Dr. Rekha Shetty
I am happy to inform you that my new book, “Happy Street” published by Penguin Books, is just released. Here is the cover page of my book
You can create a Happy Street!
The Happy Street’ by the bestselling author and innovation guru Dr. Rekha Shetty, is about how each one of us has a chance to adopt a street and make it a happy street.
The principles of building a happy community are woven around a simple love story of how Rohan, a conservative young man from Chennai, meets fiery Bengali girl, Ammu, and how they both work together to create a happy street. Through a series of letters from Rags, a wise hi-tech coach, with a spiritual bent of mind points the way. Happy Street shows you how to create a community full of well-being and joy. The four pillars of the Happy Street are (1) Environmental Sustainability, (2) Cultural Vitality (3) Economic Development and (4)Good Governance.
Use this book to create your own happy street!
I am happy to invite you to the ‘Corporate Happiness Evening’ on Friday, 15th May 2015 at Kerala Management Association, Management House, Panampilly Nagar, Cochin at 6.30pm. My ninth book, ‘Everyday Happiness Mantras’, will be released at the program.
Please come with your family and friends. I am enclosing the invitation.
I am happy to invite you to the book launch of “Everyday Happiness Mantras” tomorrow(6th May 2015) at Bombay Management Association at Somaiya centre for lifelong learning, 2nd Floor, Somaiya Bhavan fort. 45-47, Kitab Khana , Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Flora Fountain, Mumbai – 1 at 4.30pm
I am happy to inform you that my new book, “Everyday Happiness Mantras” published by Rupa Publications will be released on 20th December 2014