Forum urges steps to deal with water scarcity
Khaleej Times / Silvia Radan

“We need solutions now as water security is disappearing,” said Mohammed Al Bowardi, secretary general of Abu Dhabi Executive Council. “Poor water management costs too much to ignore. Over-extraction of groundwater undermines national assets at rates equal to one to two per cent of GDP every year. Illness and death related to inadequate wastewater collection and treatment costs between 0.5 and 2.5 per cent of the GDP every year. Environmental problems cost between 0.5 and 2.5 per cent of GDP every year,” added Bowardi

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