GCC member states consider measures to ration water, energy

Jan. 13, 2014

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Water and energy consumption in the GCC member states is among the highest in the world.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar, are planning to discuss legal measures to ration consumption of water and electricity this week, according to an article by Arabianbusiness.com.

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Combined GCC member state water and energy consumption is among the highest in the world, with individual residents using an average of 300-750 liters of water per day, the article noted.

While GCC states have the highest desalinated water capacity in the world, at more than 50 percent of total world production, the article reported, public awareness about conservation is low.

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The Gulf governments will discuss water restriction and water- and energy-rationing technologies as well as the option of teaching conservation in schools and through consumption campaigns, according to the article.

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