Dubai Municipality prepares to deal with current rainy season
Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, revealed that the Municipality is following up on the precautionary measures and preparations needed to keep pace with the current rainy season by setting up a mechanism for rapid handling of rainwater pools, in continuation of its role in preserving the urban and aesthetic appearance of the emirate, and as a continuation of its strategic plan aimed at ensuring the comfort, safety and happiness of the public.
He stressed that all Dubai Municipality teams, handling the process of draining out rainwater pools, are ready for the rainy season this year by implementing all their services that benefit community members to face some incidents that may occur during this period and some water pools in all areas as a result of heavy rain.
In order to achieve Dubai Municipality’s vision of building a happy and sustainable city, work is underway to continue the Municipality’s intensive efforts to deal with rainwater throughout the emirate according to a 24-hour work program. Based on the analysis of meteorological reports and weather forecast in the Emirate of Dubai, appropriate measures are taken to deal with the expected emergency reports due to rain.
These technical teams in charge of work are ready with the necessary equipment to drain rainwater pools and remove sand and agricultural waste during rainfalls and the accompanying conditions and winds. They are provided with the necessary mechanisms, pumps and tanks to remove and transport the accumulated water, and these preparations are made in cooperation and coordination with strategic our partners and with direct supervision of draining and discharging operations during and after rainfalls. It will be followed with studies on the field situation in various sectors and areas and the preparation of the necessary reports and technical recommendations regarding them to address the necessary.
Dubai Municipality teams have completed all their preparations to face the effects of rainwater pools, because this type of rain is often not specific and expected in terms of the amount of water that it leave because it is caused by an accompanying thunderstorm.
Eng. Mohammed Al Rayes, Director of Sewage Treatment Plants and Drainage Network Department, indicated that there are 61 rainwater pumping stations in the city, within a network of pipes with a total length of 1.75 million meters, interspersed with 28,000 inspection rooms and 72,000 rainwater drains connected to it and this system ends with 28 exits to the sea or to Dubai Creek and the specialized technical teams work from multiple departments according to specialization to implement maintenance programs for surface and rain drainage stations.
He added that the primary drainage of rainwater falls on the shoulders of that system, which covers most of Dubai, and as for areas that are not connected to the public rainwater drainage network, the concerned teams in Dubai Municipality are responsible for draining the accumulated rainwater either by tankers or by using transportable and portable pumps.
Al Rayes also pointed out that any drainage network, regardless of its capacity, has drainage limits that cannot be crossed, and therefore the rainwater drainage network in Dubai performs its work normally, within the design and operation data, but if the intensity of rain is heavy, then this inevitably means that the public network will take a relatively longer time to drain the water than usual.
He said the rainwater drainage network had previously been designed according to international engineering standards based on the quantities of rainfall over the years, taking into consideration the nature and climate of the region in terms of the lack of rain and its limited precipitation, and accordingly the occurrence of rainstorms sometimes must be given sufficient time to drain some water bodies resulting from these rains.
Al Rayes added that they are continuing to take many different measures to ensure and accelerate the drainage of rainwater and reduce the accumulations resulting from it, including: major development of some rainwater drainage stations and its outputs to raise drainage capacity, creation of more temporary storage lakes for rainwater to raise the general absorptive capacity of the system, in addition to the creation of drainage systems for some sites that suffered from the phenomenon of rainwater gathering in the past, linking them to the public network for rainwater drainage, and starting an ambitious plan to establish several local rainwater pumping stations, apart from replacing some ground drains with the type of drains that has higher drainage capacity in some areas according to need. They have also started changing the type of manhole covers from the fully closed type to the hollow type that allows water to enter, and this in turn transformed a large number of covers into rainwater inlets in locations that lacked underground drains.
Dubai Municipality confirmed that it is following up through its concerned organizational units and emergency center the developments of the weather situation issued by the National Center of Meteorology, according to which the level of the state of emergency is determined to employ human cadres, mechanisms and technical workshops in the optimal manner and according to the requirements.
The Municipality called on anyone, who has noticed the accumulation of rainwater, to not to hesitate to submit a report about it, using the Dubai 24/7 app, which has now become one of the emerging communication channels between Dubai Municipality and the community. It also urged the public to understand the priorities, as the priorities are the announced fieldwork that ranges from the main streets, then the secondary streets, then the areas and squares. The Municipality appealed not to drain rainwater from the roofs of houses and buildings into the sewage network, as this seriously damages the safety of the sewage treatment plant.
Dubai Municipality warned people against being near the streams of valleys and low-lying areas, and not connecting rainwater from rooftops to the sewage network in order to avoid flooding the roads. It also stressed the importance of commitment not to throw waste randomly, which will cause the closure of drainage lines, in addition to the need to check the submersible pumps in the floors and shops located below the street level, as well as taking preventive precautions when storing goods in warehouses and floors.
The Municipality also called on contractors and project owners to take the initiative to secure building materials to avoid their erosion, which will directly cause the closure of rainwater drainage lines.
As part of its plans to deal with the rain situation, Dubai Municipality called upon citizens and residents, in the event of them monitoring any issues, to call the main emergency number 800900 to report these cases.
Al Rayes pointed out that dealing with the repercussions of the rainfalls is a fundamental task that falls on the shoulders of Dubai Municipality and the concerned partners, the most important of which are the various segments of the public in terms of the necessity to give sufficient time to drain the rainwater gatherings resulting from the torrential downpours.