Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Simply disgusting

There's been a recent wave of illegal dumping of raw sewage in storm water drains over the past few months, and this has now led to the closing of the Dubai Sailing Club due to water contamination.

Basically, sewage tank drivers have found a way to cut corners by dumping sewage in drains and other deserted areas, rather than going to the Al Aweer sewage treatment plant. Why? Because apparently they have to wait for up to 12 hours to dump their load at the treatment plant. And they get paid based on the number of loads they dump.

Little did they know that in doing so, they were causing serious environmental and potential health issues, with E-Coli and bacteria now floating around in the water and on our shores.

So who's to blame here? The drivers? Maybe a little bit, but then again, they're just trying to make a living and are probably oblivious to the fact that they are causing environmental damage.

Do we blame the companies that hire these drivers? Yes definitely. They should be blamed for not keeping a vigilant eye on how they run their business. And for not training their employees properly. Or, maybe they DO know what's happening but decide to turn a blind eye, simply because they only care about how much money they make at the end of the day.

Do we blame Dubai Municipality? For sure! With everything in Dubai growing at breakneck speed, no one thought that we would need more than one sewage treatment plant to handle the load of treating the sewage of an ever-expanding city that gets hundreds of new residents every day. Not only that, it seems that they are not doing a thorough job of warning residents not to swim in contaminated waters, with most beach-goers oblivious to the fact that there's been an illegal sewage dumping issue.

Do we blame Dubai Police? Yes, them too. Although they claim to be dealing with the situation by going after these trucks and fining them, there's also been reports of them being very slow in reacting to calls from residents who have spotted these trucks doing their illegal dumping.

All this to say that while we are all willing to put up with the growing pains of Dubai, I, for one, am not willing to accept cutting-corner tactics that may potentially damage my health and harm the environment. It's simply disgusting, and it's simply unacceptable.

16 comments:

BuJassem said...

Eid Mubarak from AD :-)

Seabee said...

Yep, yet another example of a complete lack of planning. No thought or planning for the basic but vital infrastructure - sewage, electricity, enough police, post offices, hospitals, fire brigade, ambulances...

nzm said...

Well written DS!

Dubai Sunshine said...

Buj! Eid mubarak to you too! Kull eid ou inta bkheir...didn't know you were in A-D! So am I :)

Seabee, as I read your reply, it reminded me of the game SimCity (not sure if you know it), where you need to make sure you build enough sewage, electricity, police stations etc. to make sure your city is viable. I've compared Dubai to SimCity in the past, and now I'm more than convinced that the comparison fits!

NZM, thanks....where in the world are you now?

BuJassem said...

DXB Sunshine, I didn't know we were going to AD except last minute, typical arab family u see!!
Anyway, now at the inter.. it's super i tell you, and the view of the em palace is great! it's better than the em palace coz their view is of the inter!!!

SimCity2000.. a classic! Man, that's Dubai in the 1999s.. now i don't think the software will be capable to do on the screen what dubai has done for real!

moryarti said...

3an jad she be2arref...

Lirun said...

revolting

we have the same problem here.. i surf between floating poopies..

Eppie said...

Stopping illegal dumping makes good environmental and economic sense, and it is everyone’s problem.

“Dump the Dumpers”

ColOman said...

I have known this for over 4 years now, the creek is full of shit, baiscly the Lagoons project should be the sweage project.
You think they do not know that the sweage plant with a line 15km of trucks waiting can not cope with increase in demand? They were telling people to dump it on the creek!!!
so what is new? Dubai building fancy palm islands destroying the evnironment and then claiming it cares about nature...........

on which plante is Dubai on??? they rather have big shinny buidling over taking care of their people.......

when they were named as the most wastful nationa per capita they objected!!!!!!!!!!!

that is Dubai in a nut shell.

UAE Students said...

That sounds brutal!

rosh said...

ewww lirun

Anonymous said...

Dubai is full of human trash... A place like that shouldn't exist while anyone starves in this world.

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