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Saudi embraces water reuse to ease supply pressure

Water summit in Riyadh seeks water reuse solutions for Kingdom

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Saudi seeks water reuse solutions at Riyadh summit. (Getty Images)
Saudi seeks water reuse solutions at Riyadh summit. (Getty Images)

With Saudi Arabia facing increasing demand for water to support rapid population and economic growth, the nation is looking to water reuse to find solutions.

The ‘Used to Useful’ Water Reuse Summit, held in Riyadh, saw global and regional government and industry leaders come together to explore ways to increase water reuse initiatives, and highlight new technologies.

Speaking at the conference, held by GE, H.E. Eng. Abdullah Bin Abdul Rahman Al Hussayen said: “With the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia being one of the fastest-growing economies in the Middle East, wastewater and water reuse issues need to be addressed now, in order to sustain this rapid growth.”

Wastewater reuse is increasingly gaining attention as a sustainable way to manage scarce water supplies, and several Middle Eastern countries are evaluating stringent reuse goals. Saudi Arabia has already mandated a target of 11 percent of its water use to come from treated wastewater, and the Kingdom’s reuse capacity is already growing at more than 30 per cent annually, expected to reach 2.2 million cubic metres a day by 2016.
 

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