Galleries reports 11m litre chiller water saving
Water saving equivalent to that needed to fill four Olympic pools
Developer, Limitless has saved 11 million litres of water as a result of a new recycling and waste management drive at its flagship Dubai development, The Galleries.
Water consumption from January to May 2012 was down by 33% compared to the same period last year, after Limitless installed a system in The Galleries’ chiller that eliminates the need to use chemically-treated water.
Previously, cooling water contained chemicals to prevent corrosion and bacteria, but when the water was changed it could not be recycled or used for irrigation. It also needed special tankers for safe disposal. With the water needing to be changed less often, and its ability to be used to water the grounds, the water is going much further. More than three million litres have been recycled for irrigation since its installation.
“We retrofitted this system to help us to meet our environmental sustainability targets. We have eliminated toxic waste, extended the lifecycle of the water and reduced tanker fuel bills, said Bahaa Abouhatab, Limitless Head Projects, UAE.
In addition the developer is recycling 2.5 tonnes of water a year and has placed a number of 280 litre containers around the site to collect cooking oil from the restaurants and cafes. This is then recycled to form biodiesel.
“We are combining complex engineering systems with simple, day-to-day tactics to boost environmental sustainability at The Galleries. Our tenants share our belief in protecting the environment and reducing our carbon footprint, and it is great to see such an encouraging response to our latest recycling campaign. Our buildings are LEED-certified, meaning they already meet certain environmental criteria, but we continue to find new ways to make The Galleries even greener,” added Abouhatab.