Saudi Arabia plans to expand its sewage network
Sewage grid to cover 70% of urban areas by 2019
Saudi Arabia will have 70% of its urban areas covered by its sewage grid by 2019.
According to a report in Arab News, the Ministry of Water and Electricity plans to not only expand its sewage network, but also plans to do away with sewage pools and thereby resolve environmental issues associated with them.
Ali Al-Mutlaq, director of the ministry’s sewage department, said that the ministry has also taken up construction and operation of centralised labs to monitor the quality of processed wastewater, and expand projects to reuse the processed water for municipal, industrial and agricultural purposes.
The ministry recently launched a processed water initiative with the National Water Company (NWC) given the opportunity to commercialise the reuse of processed wastewater and look for potential customers for this purpose.
As a result of the initiative, NWC may enter into deals for supply of processed water with companies like Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabian Mining Co., Saudi Electric Company, etc., Al-Mutlaq said.
Al-Mutlaq added that the ministry has also begun building a comprehensive database on wastewater disposal systems in all parts of the Kingdom that will be accessible via the Internet.
Sewage networks currently cover 49% of all cities and provinces in the Kingdom, with the figure expected to rise to 53% by the end of 2014.