11TH GULF WATER CONFERENCE IN OMAN TO FOCUS ON EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF PRECIOUS RESOURCE

MUSCAT: To address the challenges associated with water scarcity in the Gulf, Oman will host the 11th Gulf Water Conference from October 20-22.

A meeting to discuss the agenda of the conference was held by the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR) on Sunday. “The Bahrain-based Water Science and Technology Association (WSTA), the Public Authority for Electricity and Water and the Omani Society for Water are the other main stakeholders in the conference,” an MRMWR spokesperson said.

Senior officials of the ministry discussed various aspects of the conference titled, ‘Water in the GCC… Towards Efficient Management’ and reviewed papers to be presented at the conference. According to WSTA, population growth, changes in lifestyle and consumption patterns and climate change are forcing GCC countries to invest more in water supply infrastructure such as desalination plants and dams. ‘The per capita water consumption in the domestic sector in GCC countries has reached 500lt per day. In some countries, it is even more than 700lt per day,’ it stated. ‘Several case studies will be analysed in the backdrop of government polices, legislations, technologies, awareness, participation of stakeholders, data analysis, cost-effectiveness and water efficiency programmes.’

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY