Saudi's NWC to build huge water storage facility

Jeddah site to hold 12 million m3 of water and end shortages in city

Jeddah has a longstanding problem with water shortages
Jeddah has a longstanding problem with water shortages

Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC) is to build a 12 million m³ water storage facility in Jeddah over the next three years, according to Abdullah Al-Assaf, director of the NWC's Jeddah business.

The giant water storage project will be built in Briman, which currently has a reservoir of two million m³ of water.

“The first phase of the project will be completed early next year. The second stage’s technical and financial studies are under way. This will add another one million m³ of water,” Al-Assaf told Arab News.

The third and fourth stages of the project are set to be completed over the next three years and should provide NWC with enough storage capacity to meet the needs of the city’s four million inhabitants in emergencies, Al-Assaf added.

Commenting on the water shortages experienced in Jeddah every year during Ramadan, Al-Assaf said: “The quantities pumped daily are sufficient to meet the needs of the population, especially after the new station was launched.”

He said a plan is in place to keep up with growing demand during the holy month which includes adequate supply to houses and distribution centres.


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