Riyadh lowers groundwater levels
Development Authority implements measures to reduce rising waters
The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) has undertaken a range of underground drainage projects to help lower the groundwater levels in Riyadh, according to Arab News. The scheme has reportedly meant that more than 47 neighbourhoods in the city will no longer suffer from problems associated with rising groundwater.
ADA president Ibrahim Al-Sultan told the newspaper that work was ongoing in another six Riyadh neighbourhoods, whilst the authority also has plans to continuously monitor and control groundwater across the city’s eastern areas.
Groundwater levels have increased as the population grew and water consumption pushed up the amount of run-off – especially in areas with limited drainage systems. As a consequence, the ADA commissioned a study into the effectiveness of Riyadh’s drainage network and divided the city into areas based on need.