Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has announced that it has saved 326 million gallons of potable water in 2019, which is equivalent to the capacity of 593 Olympic swimming pools.
The announcement was made at a ceremony held to mark World Water Day (March 22) where experts highlighted the importance of fresh water and raise awareness of more than three billion people living without access to safe water.
The focus of this year is on the central promise of the Sustainable Development Goal 6: Water for all by 2030.
Empower reported a total water saving of 305 million and 295 million of gallons of potable water in 2018 and 2017, respectively.
Commenting on the achievement, CEO Ahmed bin Shafar said: "Most human activities that use water produce wastewater. Globally, 80 per cent of wastewater flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. This is an alarming figure, because reducing wastewater can save lives and enhance sustainable development."
The company has managed to achieve such a significant water saving thanks to its superior practices in conserving environment by using treated sewage water in its district cooling operation instead of fresh water, he added.