Dubai Municipality has completed all precautionary measures in preparation for the rainy season. The move is part of its role in preserving the urban and aesthetic appearance of the Emirate, and in order to complement its strategic plan to ensure the safety and well-being of the public.
Eng. Talib Julfar, CEO of Dubai Municipality for Infrastructure Services Sector, stressed that all Dubai Municipality teams, which are conducting rainwater drainage, are ready for the rainy season this year by implementing all their services to benefit the community members to face the situations of waterlogging that may occur in some places during this period due to heavy rain.
He said that the Municipality has completed all technical preparations before the rainy season, in coordination with the strategic partners to manage the operations of the discharge of water during rainfall and after it with continuous studies of the field facts and analysis of data and by making technical recommendations to address some of the affected sites.
Julfar added that the real preparation for the rainy season starts since September each year as the competent technical teams in various departments implement the plans, each according to its special programs, and by undertaking intensive maintenance of surface and rainwater drainage stations.
“The rainwater drainage system in the city of Dubai is dependent on an infrastructure system that begins with no less than 72,000 drainages, what some call "rainwater drain holes" and through a complex network of pipes and inspection rooms, some called "manholes" to pumping stations. The system ends by pumping surface and rain water through stations to the final destination, the artificial lakes or the sea. There are 51 pumping stations in Dubai, which are fully supervised, operated, controlled and maintained by Dubai Municipality," he said.
After the end of the season, the specialized teams from Dubai Municipality will lift most of the covers of the drainages and install them in a complete closure so that sand and solid waste do not enter them for rest of the year.
It is worth mentioning that the system for surface and rain water reaches some areas that are not served by the drainage network because of the non-completion of some drainage projects or because some streets or areas are affected by new roads projects or temporary traffic transfers or due to the absence of stations with suitable capacity to serve these areas. In this situation, water removal and suction are done by several means, most importantly using mobile pumping units and by using tanks later.
With regard to the preparations for areas that are currently not connected to the drainage network, a fleet of 86 mobile pumping units with different capacities are kept ready, equipped to be used when needed and some of the pumps have been transported to sites where water was likely to be collected in the event of heavy rainfall or thunderstorms. In addition to that, 41 tankers are also kept ready to serve the unconnected areas.
The Municipality urged residents not to hesitate to provide feedback or observations regarding rainwater collection by contacting its Call Center at 800900 or by downloading the Dubai 24/7 App.