Desalination plants face action
Mar 10, 2013 (Khaleej Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The RAK Municipality, as part of intensive raids, has ordered the closure of a number of water desalination plants and fined others for flouting health regulations.
According to a senior official, the RAK civic body has instructed 45 water desalination stations to abide by the rules and ensure that the water sold to the public is fit for human consumption.
Mubarak Al Shamsi, Chairman, RAK Municipality, said his inspectors spotted 20 violations against water desalination stations across the emirate last year. "Some of these stations were closed for various periods while others were fined. The inspectors take random samples from the stations and analyse them at the RAK Municipality Lab on a regular basis," he added.
Al Shamsi said, as per law, all water desalination stations in the emirate must comply with the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, or HACCP to be eligible for licence renewal.
Al Shamsi added that the municipality checks all the tools and equipment used in water desalination, apart from staff health and medical fitness: "The RAK Municipality has further stopped issuing licences for new water desalination stations, and has only licenced those using municipality water." Khalifa Al Maktoum, Director of the Public Health Department, explained that they discovered impurities in some water bottles produced by a private water desalination station.
"We collected some samples from that station, ordered closure of the station and imposed a hefty fine on the owner of the station."
However, the violations recorded at the water desalination stations are fewer than those spotted at other institutions: "All drinking water suppliers are under the supervision of the municipality."
Earlier in February this year, the RAK Municipality ordered closure of an eatery and a foodstuff centre, and fined a grand supermarket at one the emirate's regions for flouting set health rules and nutrition standards.
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