(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The move comes after complaints from the public, who asked the civic body to direct water desalination stations to clean the dispensers on a regular basis.
A senior official said the job is not easy because the municipality does not have a record of the dispensers put on the roads. These dispensers are also installed close to schools and mosques of the emirate.
Mubarak Al Shamsi, Chairman of the RAK Municipality, said philanthropists fix these water dispensers after entering into an agreement with the water desalination stations here to provide water. "The municipality has instructed the Health and Environment Department to investigate the problem, inspect the water dispensers, and get feedback from the public."
Currently, the municipality makes sure that the water supplied from the water desalination stations to these dispensers is clean and fir for drinking, he added. Mohammed Salem, an Emirati national, said most of the water dispensers in the emirate are not well maintained, and may lead to infectious diseases as passersby drink from them. "The RAK Municipality needs to pay more attention to these dispensers to protect people's health since impurities, algae, and remains can be spotted at the bottom of these water dispensers."
Ahmed Khalaf, another Emirati, said the same problem can be found in schools. "Water tanks and dispensers in schools are unhygienic. These need regular cleaning to ensure students' safety."
The water desalination stations here said they have no problem in cleaning the water dispensers, but will do so only if a clause to clean them is incorporated in the agreement with the philanthropists concerned. "We are paid to only provide pure drinking water to these dispensers, and have nothing to do with their cleaning or power supplies," they said.