Arcadis to develop Makkah water master plan

Study covers improvement of water services in Holy City and surrounding region.

Arcadis, News

Arcadis has won a contract to produce a water master plan for the Holy City of Makkah and the surrounding region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Under the eighteen month contract, Arcadis will support National Water Company (MCBU) in developing the plan covering water, wastewater, treated sewage effluent and asset management, according to a statement.

Once completed, the study will enable future planning of water services for over seven million people as well as industrial clients to the year 2050. Under the study, emergency works will also be contemplated.

“The city of Makkah is a focal point of Muslim pilgrims often swelling the population above its base of two million inhabitants to over six million during religious festivals placing significant demands on basic services,” said Philip Bourne, Water Sector Director – Middle East at Arcadis.

“The water service coverage in Makkah is low – around 65 percent of the populated area and the wastewater service coverage is less. There is currently not sufficient capacity in the treatment plants to treat the additional flow and load.”

From now to 2015, Arcadis will bring its global expertise together from the Middle East, Europe and United States to prepare a database study of their water and wastewater infrastructure assets; develop an integrated water, wastewater and treated sewage effluent master plan; and prepare a capital investment plan for 2015 to 2050.

The team will work closely with National Water Company to develop the most progressive plan to fit His Highness King Abdullah’s vision of 2050.

Arcadis’ client focus, track record and ability to leverage global expertise help them win client confidence and iconic projects such as the Makkah Master Plan and the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah.


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