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Water remains a precious UAE resource
Fresh water has always been a precious commodity in this part of the world, and that remains the case even though the UAE now has the resources to meet its demand for drinking water through desalination. As The National reported yesterday, scientists are warning that the country’s groundwater supplies are being unsustainably depleted.
Over-extraction has caused the water table to drop dramatically in recent years. Agriculture accounts for just over one-third of overall water use and two-thirds of the groundwater extracted. In Al Khazna, a traditional date-growing area between Al Ain and Abu Dhabi, groundwater dropped by around 40 per cent in the last 15 years and is now found at a depth of 96 metres, compared with 56m in 1999. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) report showed that trend is repeated to varying degrees across most areas of the UAE.