The Saudi National Water Company (NWC) has stated that it has 301 water projects valued at SR25.2 billion ($6.7 billion) in the fields of service, infrastructure development and water treatment in Makkah, Riyadh, Taif and Jeddah.
The number of projects implemented in these cities stand at 174 involving a total cost of SR19.7 billion, while those in the contract signing stage stand at 127 with a cumulative value of over SR5.5 billion.
NWC said this is within the framework of its strategic plan covering the four cities. The data is based on the master plan for each city in the light of the feasibility study involving the cost of various projects.
The company said these projects aim to raise the operational efficiency and increase coverage ratios in populated areas taking into account the water demand and provide services in accordance with the best international standards.
"The most important of these projects are the water tanks in the cities of Makkah, Riyadh and Jeddah as well as the rehabilitation, removal and treatment lines, networks and major sub-coverage. It also seeks to increase household water and sanitation connections ratios and transfer station meters," NWC stated.
NWC added that the plan of the new package of projects in 2015, involving infrastructure and sanitation, which keep pace with current needs, is nearly SR1.8 billion, which will ensure the continued development of services offered to its customers.
The company says it is keen to implement these projects according to the highest technical specifications used in water and environmental services sector within the time periods by taking advantage of past experience and successful outcomes in the major projects carried out in record times. The results were commended by a number of local and international forums.
It confirmed its success in implementing a number of mega projects and supporting operational programs before the advent of summer this year, including the first phase of the storage facilities in Riyadh and Jeddah, in addition to the operation of triple environmental remediation of the SR400 million sewage plant in Riyadh.
The NWC operates in accordance with regulatory procedures to offer projects on the local and global level. This is done with a view to localizing new technologies in the implementation of projects and ensuring the rehabilitation of contractors in accordance with the best international standards mechanisms. The measure will help achieve quality projects with better standards of performance in the water and environmental services sector.