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29 November, 2005

Oh we do like to be beside the Creekside

But maybe not to actually swim in it:

"Parts of Dubai Creek are so polluted with sewage the water is hazardous to human health, according to a Municipality study. Water between Aweer Sewage Treatment Plant and Garhoud Bridge contains high levels of bacteria such as e.coli, which can cause stomach complaints.

"The jet ski rental at Garhoud Bridge, which is scheduled to close at the end of the year, falls within the infected area."

Pleasant. Apparently there is only one sewage treatment plant currently serving Dubai, which "discharges approximately 50,000 to 100,000 cubic metres of treated effluent into the upper part of the Creek every day."

Not nice for Dubaians and even less nice for the fishes. The odd sheep's head floating around the shallows isn't much a of a draw either.

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Blogger The Sage said...

thats so bad, i remember jet sking and water sking in that area back in the early nineties and even then everyone with us thought that the water was polluted..I can only imagine how it is like now

29 November, 2005 04:04  
Blogger samuraisam said...

i saw a dead rat floating in the water, and then i saw a guy jumping in and swimming around.. yummeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

29 November, 2005 05:23  
Blogger GCCBee said...

What about the poor FlugTag folks? Have they all collapsed from stomach bugs as a result of last weekend's festivities at the creek?

29 November, 2005 08:46  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

Sharjah blamed the recent fish kills at the Q Qasbah on Palm construction. Could it have been Dubai Creek effluent instead? Not that Sharjah's sewage system is superior....

29 November, 2005 09:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really, I can't believe this! Environmental disregard for wild life and nature in the region!

29 November, 2005 09:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what about the water ski club?
Surely it can't be legal (by international standards!) to discharge waste into water like that...and it goes straight to sea, one more hazard for the fishies!

29 November, 2005 10:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even the fantastic beaches of Khor fakkan is getting spoiled by oil spillage.
Went to snoopy island a while ago and it was scary too see how it's getting polluted.
As a european, I am sad to see that UAE is doing the same mistakes that we did.
There is still a chance to stop it.

29 November, 2005 10:09  
Blogger Unknown said...

Very little is being done to protect the environment. And constructions all over the city are making things only worse.

Of all the world records that UAE hold it also holds the record of producing the highest amount of waste per capita. A record that is nothing to be proud of.

29 November, 2005 12:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

reply to annon at 10:01.
It does say treated sewerage.

The quesiton is though - how well treated.
I wakeboard in the creek and have had no problems.

As for environmental sewerage actually damaging to the environment? We throw it all over our gardens don't we?
Treating sewerage is really an unnatural process when you think about it.
I accept that depositing sewerage in large amounts in a confined area can't be good though......

29 November, 2005 12:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this palm and that world are all environmental NO-NOs (bangs head on wall ), but a blind eye is turned on it.... and of course the official response when queried is " this actually helps the environment and protects marine life"..

who's fooling whom?

29 November, 2005 13:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no,'ve got it all wrong. the wise chaps at nakheel have claimed that the marine life and eco-system were already damaged. but hurray! they are now rebuilding it to make it even better.

Oh what would we do without Na-kill?

29 November, 2005 15:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is sewage bad for the environment? Yes.
Basically you're completely upsetting the nutrient balance, so organisms that used to be marginal suddenly flourish like mad or vice versa, which knocks ecosystems out of kilter.
Worse, you badly change the chemistry of the water -- pH changes, stuff dies. Or because of the treatment process oxygen levels are very high, causing certain algae to flourish, blocking out light to water plants.
Etc etc etc.

29 November, 2005 15:37  
Blogger Arquati said...

I have seen small fish (anchovies?) in there when crossing on the abra. If they're still alive it can't be that bad, can it?

29 November, 2005 16:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aqruati.. are you sure they were anchovies mate? :)

29 November, 2005 17:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope they were not anchovies cause i had some in my ceasars salad last night. yakhhh.

29 November, 2005 17:35  
Blogger Emirati said...

well what they should be doing is changing it to greywater, and chemically treating it better. Dubais civil
infrastructure is old and redundant.

29 November, 2005 17:51  
Blogger Arquati said...

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29 November, 2005 18:03  
Blogger Arquati said...

You can only see them when the abra is stationary. They looked quite shiny and were swimming rather than floating on their sides. Has anyone also seen them of is this a figment of my imagination?

29 November, 2005 18:05  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Has anyone also seen them of is this a figment of my imagination?

Stick them on a pizza and deliver to Cell Block G, Southern Gulags and I'll give you my verdict ;)

(Thin crispy base please, not deep pan).

29 November, 2005 18:17  
Blogger moryarti said...

/me is wondering whats gonna happen to the Redbull Flugtag contestants after their dips in the creek last week

29 November, 2005 18:25  
Blogger Garthicus said...

Some fish are just heartier than others, fish such as mullet etc eat all sorts of waste, human and animal, where as the more delicate species are poisoned and die.

And lets be honest, would you really WANT to eat fish from the creek??

29 November, 2005 20:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gave up wakeboarding on the creek because I kept getting ill - and it was never a pleasant sight to face plant into the water and find a dead fish floating next to you.

01 December, 2005 10:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humans are the only species who treat their sewage.
It's not natural to do so.
Life has survived for thousands of years without treating sewage.
The treatment of Sewage is an unnatural process.
Problems only arise when that sewage is concentrated or dumped into one location - such as the creek.
I forget what my point is.....

01 December, 2005 11:44  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Erm... sewage is naturally recycled by nature - it's far more unnatural just to dump it somewhere.

And plenty of species even eat their own scats and those of other animals.

01 December, 2005 11:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sniff sniff....I smell something fishy.....

01 December, 2005 15:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay we used to row in that, you get a lovely amber hue when the oars break the crust. Our very own Ankh. And sometimes Vs of bubbles would follow the boat that had nothing to do with the wake..

02 December, 2005 13:30  
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03 December, 2005 11:52  

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