Broken pipeline sees desal plant's output halved

Consumers asked to ration consumption of water after Jubail incident

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The plant is expected to be back to full capacity in five days
The plant is expected to be back to full capacity in five days

Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has revealed that output at Jubail Water Desalination Station has halved after one of the plant‘s main pipelines broke.

Contractors have started underground excavation work to repair the broken pipeline as soon as possible, according to SWCC’s statement.

Maintenance teams will continue to work around the clock to fix the problem which will take a minimum of three days, with the station expected to return to full operation in five days.

The corporation has said it will try to increase the station’s production from 50-80% by supplying it with water from emergency reservoirs and other resources, raising the total production of water exported to Riyadh to 800,000 cubic meters a day. However, it has asked consumers to rationalise the consumption of water.

The statement comes in line with the SWCC’s transparency policy to keep citizens updated on the latest news and developments.

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