NWC saves 433mn m3 of water in past five years

Network repairs across Kingdom saved SR2.6bn

NEWS, Projects, National water company, Water

The National Water Company (NWC) has saved more than 433mn cubic meters of water over the past five years - worth some SR2.6bn - thanks to network repairs made in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Ta'if.

Savings were made possible by the NWC's application of world-class technology and high-speed leak detection techniques including, for the first time in the Middle East, radar, audio devices and the use of helium to monitor leakage.

Water savings in Riyadh during the first nine months of 2014, amounted to more than 38mn cubic meters, with a value of SR228mn, meaning that savings from 2009 until the end of September 2014, amounted to 278mn cubic meters worth more than SR1.6bn from processing 228,000 leaks.

In Jeddah, savings during the first nine months of 2014 amounted to 12mn cubic meters (SR72mn), bringing the total savings since 2009 until the end of September 2014, to more than 61mn cubic meters (SR366 million) from repairing 81,000 leaks.

In Makkah, 20mn cubic meters worth SR120mn was saved in the first nine months of the year, while in Ta'f 5mn cubic meters with a cost of more than SR30mn, bringing the total volume of water savings in Makkah and Ta'if since 2011 (when NWC began operations in these cities) up until September 2014 to 94mn cubic meters (SR564mn) from processing approximately 49,000 leak case in the two cities.

In total NWC has addressed 358,000 leakages since assuming responsibility for water management and environment treatment in the four cities, by means of intensifying leak detection programs in line with advanced and certified technical and service standards.

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