Dubai state utility company announced plans to build new water transmission networks across the emirate at a total cost of AED654 million ($178 million).

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said in a statement that it has begun operations to commission, supply, and lay down a 73km, 600-1200mm water transmission network and a 300km, 100-450mm water transmission network.

DEWA said the project will increase Dubai’s overall water flow, and meet current and future demand for water and provide better services to customers.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said: “These networks will manage the increasing demand for water in the Emirate, providing a high-quality infrastructure for Dubai’s sustainable development, based on the highest international standards.”

“DEWA is implementing these projects based on its strategy to enhance its water services to meet all the requirements for development, and achieve the happiness and well-being of all Dubai’s residents.”

Last month, DEWA said it plans to build 64 substations over the next three years for a total cost $1.8bn (AED6.7bn), in cooperation with various developers in the emirate.