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Saudi Arabia Launches 116 Water Projects Worth $1.3 Billion | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Men use an umbrella during rain in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Riyadh– Saudi Arabia launched on Wednesday 116 water supply and sanitation projects with a value of SAR 4.9 billion that will benefit the different regions in the Kingdom.

Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdul Rahman Al Fadli announced that the projects were aimed at developing the water sector across the Kingdom, and would target the establishment of plants for water purification and pumping, the expansion and development of treatment plants, the implementation of networks and home wiring projects, as well as the establishment of a number of water reservoirs in several areas in Saudi Arabia.

In remarks delivered during the launching ceremony on Wednesday, Fadli said that the ministry’s strategy was based on the distribution of water and sanitation services to all Saudi regions without exceptions, while underlining the need to preserve the environment and the available water resources.

The Saudi minister also stressed that the new projects fell within a priority plan developed by the ministry in accordance with the directives of the Saudi leadership and aimed at achieving comfort and prosperity for the Saudi citizens.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture Mohammed bin Ahmed Mokli said that the ministry was seeking to implement a unified strategy in the distribution of water services, while maintaining the priority to preserve water resources and create the appropriate environment for the privatization of water services.

The official noted that 30 projects would target the Riyadh region at a cost of one billion SAR, while Makkah would benefit from 13 projects worth SAR 994 million.

Asir region has six projects for water supply at a cost of SAR 464 million, and Hail has also six projects with a value of SAR 280 million.

Jazan has been provided with eight projects at around SAR 299 million, while the region of Al-Baha will have two projects worth around SAR 41 million, and two projects for Najran at a total cost of nearly SAR 93 million.

In the Eastern Province, the ministry has launched 12 projects worth SAR 469 million.

Al-Jouf will have six new projects worth SAR 466 million, the northern border will have eight projects costing SAR 215 million, and Qassim will have 11 projects at a total cost of SAR 438 million.