The Abu Dhabi City Municipality – The Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) has organised a public health awareness workshop for commercial establishments operating in public drinking water. The workshop explained the process of registering establishments and ensuring compliance with quality standards. The step is taken in line with Resolution No. (26) of 2018 regarding the public health and the safety of water tanks in Abu Dhabi, and Resolution No. (139) of 2018 regarding the health and safety of drinking water coolers.
The workshop also tackled periodic cleaning and operation methods of these vital facilities. The main purpose of registering commercial establishments is to ensure that the services are provided by qualified and trained technical staffs to protect the community from pollution transmitted via these facilities.
The registration is done through submitting a detailed treatment scheme to the Abu Dhabi City Municipality explaining all procedures to be taken by the commercial establishment in the event of any pollution cases. It also involves providing medical fitness certificates for all workers to ensure they are free from any occupational diseases. It also provides for taking necessary measures to separate equipment of cleaning and operating of water coolers and swimming pools in case the entity provides other services such as the cleaning of sanitary, chemical/hazardous materials, and petroleum derivatives. It also applies to other aspects such as the operation of swimming pools and the cleaning of drinking water tanks.
The Abu Dhabi City Municipality is making continuous efforts aimed at improving the quality of services and life besides ensuring the H&S and happiness of the community. The Abu Dhabi City Municipality called upon officials and cleaners of drinking water tanks to take all measures and precautions to prevent the contamination of these tanks besides maintaining, cleaning and replacing them in case of damage. The drinking water tanks offer a fertile ground for the proliferation of harmful bacteria rendering them more susceptible to contamination. The Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities - Abu Dhabi City Municipality is aware of the importance of these tanks and their vulnerability to contamination, damage and surrounding environmental factors.
The Abu Dhabi City Municipality inspects water tanks of residential buildings, especially if a complaint is received from a resident, to maintain the highest standards of public health and safety in water consumption. The Abu Dhabi City Municipality also organises awareness campaigns and workshops aimed at educating owners of residential buildings and the maintenance of their establishments. The aim is to brief them about the correct, scientific and healthy hygienic procedures of cleaning drinking water tanks and the use of filters. It also urged them to take samples from tanks to ensure that the water is sound and fit for consumption.
In the event of drinking water contamination, the Abu Dhabi City Municipality recommends implementing the approved treatment plan. It also calls for taking all scientific procedures for improving the quality of drinking water, addressing the sources of water contamination, and removing any potential pollution factors. Fresh samples have to be taken of the same water for re-testing in laboratories to ensure it is sound and free from contamination.
© Press Release 2018