Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second city, has continual problems with water supply. Not only is much of the city not on a water mains distribution system — instead using tanker trucks to fill cisterns at private homes — but water delivery is erratic. Arab News reports that the municipality is trying to get a handle on the problem by constructing a new reservoir that will hold 1.5 million cubic meters of water (369 billion US gallons) and eventually five times that much when the entire system is developed.
The city relies primarily on desalinated water for supply. That’s expensive stuff. Hopefully, the new reservoir will also incorporate rain capture. That might help solve Jeddah’s other major problem: flash flooding.
SR2.2bn reservoir to solve Jeddah’s water woes
JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR
The National Water Company announced on Sunday that it was building a strategic water reservoir in Jeddah at a cost of SR2.2 billion with a capacity of 6 million cubic meters to meet requirements of the city’s growing population.
The water storage facility is being built in Briman. The project’s first phase, which is designed to supply 1.5 million cubic meters, will be ready by the second quarter of next year.
“Once the remaining three phases are completed, it will have a total capacity of six million cubic meters,” the NWC said.
“This strategic project will not only meet the water requirements of Jeddah, which has a population of nearly four million including expats, but also the seasonal needs, especially during Haj and Umrah,” said Badr Almotawa, a Saudi journalist and expert on water projects.