The Saudi Arabian government is investing a further SR: 394m ($105m) in water and sanitation projects across the country, according to Arab News.
Water and Electricity Minister Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Hossein signed 22 contracts, which included sewer projects in Dawadmi district in Riyadh at an estimated cost of SR: 109.6 m ($29.2m).
The agreements will also see the establishment of a water tank in Hail, signed at a value of SR: 64.3m ($17.1m), as well as water and sanitation maintenance projects in Qatif and Asir worth SR: 46.5m ($12.4m).
Other projects include a water surplus line sewage treatment plant in Asir Province which is expected to cost around SR: 10m ($2.7m), an internal drinking water system for the city of Al Quoz in Makkah, an expansion project contract for Rafha water system with reservoirs in the northern border, as well as water and sanitation projects in Abha, Tabuk, Najran.
These deals follow on from the recent announcement that work is to begin on a SR: 2.2bn ($586.6m) reservoir project in Jeddah designed to address the city’s longstanding water shortages.
The Jeddah project is being implemented by the National Water Company (NWC) and is being implemented according to international standards and high-quality specifications, according to Loay Al-Musallam, NWC CEO.
Al-Musallam also said his company is working to achieve water security and provide better services to Saudi Arabia’s citizens.