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GCC countries mull combined water supply system

Network to provide secure source of water could cost up to $7bn.

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New network would ensure clean water supply for GCC states.
New network would ensure clean water supply for GCC states.

The six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council are planning to develop a joint water supply system that can take seawater from outside the Arabian Gulf to supply desalination plants.

According to Reuters, a plan is in place for a pipeline across the countries as a way of staving off potential pollution threats in the Gulf -- either from a nuclear leak from Iran's Bueshehr facility on the opposite side of the Gulf or from potential spills from one of the many offshore wells.

GCC assistant economic secretary Abdullah J. Al-Shibli reportedly said: “With the Iranian nuclear plant in Bushehr, if something goes wrong the water in the Gulf will be polluted. This is a vital and strategic project to provide water under all circumstances.”

The lack of fresh drinking water in Gulf countries means that they are increasingly reliant on an expanding network of desalination plants. Al-Shibli estimated that the project could cost up to US $7 billion.

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