Baghdad to Install Modern Water Meters
|June 8, 2014||Filled under Baghdad News -|
Baghdad News –
Many Baghdad homes and shops will soon have modern water meters installed as part of a new campaign to conserve drinking water and curb wastage, officials told Mawtani.
Amanat Baghdad is conducting a campaign to install 490,000 meters in homes and shops in all the capital’s neighbourhoods, mayoralty media director Hakim Abdul Zahra told Mawtani.
“The objective behind the installation of the meters is to regulate the citizens’ use of drinking water supplies delivered to their homes in a way that would help in achieving the largest level of conservation, preventing the process of over-consumption or abusing the water quotas,” he said.
The new tamper-proof meters are of German manufacture and meet international standards and specifications, he said. They are between 15 and 50 millimetres in size, according to their use, and are able to withstand water, dust and high temperatures.
The mayoralty is currently producing about three million cubic metres of drinking water a day, which is sufficient for a population twice the size of Baghdad‘s, Abdul Zahra said.
“But still we have shortage in water supplies during the peak hours in the hot summer season in some areas, and the reason is attributed to the presence of abuse or extreme wastage,” he added.
The new meters will accurately measure the quantities of water used, and in case of over-consumption, additional fees will be collected, Abdul Zahra said.
Fines will be doubled for cases of extreme wastage, he added, which will help to counter overuse and remind city residents that water is a wealth which must be conserved.
Every year the mayoralty spends huge amounts of money on the water treatment sector, mayoralty media spokesman Sabah Sami told Mawtani.
These funds are used to operate the purification and treatment plants, supply chlorination material and deliver the water to homes, shops, government buildings and projects, he said.
The water charges levied on city residents are subsidised by the state, he added, and they are nominal, covering less than 10% of the cost of producing and delivering the drinking water.
The additional charges and fines “will help us to curb the waste in the use of water and to re-distribute it in a more organised way to all Baghdadi neighbourhoods”, Sami said.
This will guarantee that each neighbourhood gets its share of water and determines its water needs, and additionally will help to lower the extra expenditure in this sector, he added.
The mayoralty “is keen to supply all the residents of Baghdad with drinking water, but in return needs public co-operation to prevent waste or abuse of water networks”, he said.
Public Co-Operation Is Vital
Sami stressed the need to organise continuous media campaigns to raise the public’s awareness about the importance of conserving and curbing the consumption of water, avoiding the use of water suction pumps or trespassing on the distribution lines and networks.
Iraqi MP Jawad Kadhim, who serves on the parliamentary services committee, praised the mayoralty for the installation of new water meters to measure the quantities of consumed water.
“This is a good step, because the present water meters are old and do not provide accurate readings of the amounts of water used,” he told Mawtani. “It has become necessary to replace them with new ones that are of improved specifications that offer detailed and accurate data.”
The campaign will play a role in “improving the efforts for monitoring and controlling the consumption of drinking water and reinforcing the principle of fairness in the delivery of water to the neighbourhoods in a way that would not allow abuse, in addition to reducing the cost of production and delivery of water to the users”, Kadhim said.
“We endured a lot of hardship because some citizens were misusing water, which resulted in the abuse of others’ rights,” said Abbas Naji, 39, of Baghdad’s al-Saidiyah district.
“These meters will reduce the trespassing and regulate the use of water,” he said, noting the need to increase public awareness about the importance of water conservation.
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