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KSA to invest $8.8bn in water infrastructure

Minister says plans include desalination plant in Jubail.

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KSA's consumers are urged to use less water.
KSA's consumers are urged to use less water.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hassein has announced $8.8bn (SAR 33bn) of investment in the country's desalination network.

The funding includes a desalination plant in Jubail with a capacity of 1.5mn cubic litres and the laying of pipelines between Al-Jubail and Riyadh, and Rabigh and Makkah via Briman.

Speaking to Arab News, Al-Hassein also revealed that a massive strategic reservoir will be established in Briman Al-Faislaiah to avoid water shortages.

The minister denied there was a water crisis in Jeddah or water cuts that resulted from maintaining water pipelines or due to any accident.

He said the per capita consumption of water was now 300 litres compared to 200 litres a few years ago and that the rate of pumping water to Jeddah had increased to 1.1mn cubic litres.

Al-Hassein called on consumers to rationalise water consumption, and use rationing devises.

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