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Separate water meter for each apartment pondered – Bid to rationalise water use by tenants

KUWAIT CITY, April 17: Ministry of Electricity and Water Undersecretary Eng Mohammad Bo Shehri confirmed the formation of a technical committee to study the possibility of installing a water meter for each flat in investment residential buildings in order to rationalize water consumption, reports Al-Rai daily.

Bo Shehri said it was discovered that putting only one water meter for the entire building for the owner to shoulder the bill encourages the tenants use water extravagantly. He added the committee will look into the experiences of other Gulf countries which are currently using this system. He pointed out it is known that the owner of the building adds water fees to the rent but the installation of one meter per flat will prompt the tenants to use water judiciously. He said some tenants know how to use water wisely but many others do not care at all. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) has laid down a comprehensive plan to increase the strategic fresh water reserve of the country, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting Assistant Undersecretary for Water Projects Eng Hamoud Al-Rawdan.

In a recent interview with the daily, Al-Rawdan disclosed the plan includes many projects in the northern and southern parts of the country. He affirmed some of these projects have been completed, indicating the fresh water reserve of the country will increase to five billion imperial gallons by 2030. He said there are huge projects in Mutla’a while confirming the installation of three water tanks with a total capacity of 200 million gallons in the area.

He added preparations are underway for the implementation of the second phase of the project — the installation of five tanks with a total capacity of 275 million gallons. In another development, the Ministry of Electricity and Water has announced the redistribution of fuel for production units as part of contingency measures being taken in view of the oil sector workers’ protest action, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources. Sources revealed the ministry requested for an emergency meeting with the petroleum sector to look into all possibilities, admitting the power stations and water desalination plants have been affected by the precautionary measures taken by the sector.

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