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Need thorough research on 4,200 industrial buildings: environ panel Workshop held to evaluate water drainage system

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 20: Environment Committee Head in the Municipality Council Abdallah Al- Kandari has emphasized the need to conduct a thorough research on more than 4,200 industrial buildings in Subhan and Shuwaikh to determine their impact on the environment; particularly the drainage systems whose contents go directly to Kuwait Bay, reports Al-Rai daily. Al-Kandari made the statement in a workshop organized Wednesday by the committee to evaluate the water drainage systems along Kuwait Bay.

Participants included representatives from the Department of Environment Affairs in the Municipality, Public Authority for Industry, Ministry of Public Works, Kuwait University, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and Faculty of International Law. According to Al-Kandari, the workshop discussed solutions to the illegal connections in the drainage system that pours rainwater directly to Kuwait Bay.

He warned this might lead to an environmental disaster if not dealt with immediately, because of the improper practices of some industries which dump industrial waste in the drainages. Al-Kandari disclosed the committee is currently contemplating on the importance of visiting the Kuwait Free Trade Zone to look into its water drainage system that consists of more than 12 drainages, most of which have been found to have violated the environmental regulations.

He added the Ministry of Public Works confirmed the existence of about 40 to 42 drainages pouring into Kuwait Bay, and this needs more research and studies to develop the system. He lamented the government’s lack of initiative to implement recommendations of the concerned governmental bodies to address the problem, which he compared to a ticking time bomb. He said the Environmental Supreme Council should impose harsher punishments to serve as deterrent to others and to take the necessary action against the violators.

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