new desalination plant, described as the first to be established in
the private sector to be awarded a license by the Ministry of
Agriculture and Water, will open on the North Obhur in six weeks,
Nizar Kammourie, business development manager of Saudi Brothers
Commercial Company (SBCC), told Arab News yesterday.
Al-Safya Water Company plant in its first phase will produce 5,000
cubic meters of water a day. “But the SR45 million plant, when
running at its full capacity, will produce 10,000 cubic meters,”
water produced by the plant will be unbottled, but will be safe for
drinking as it will meet the standards set by Saudi Arabian Standards
Organization and World Health Organization.
plant will supply water to many clients, including manufacturers of
soft drinks and fruit juice, villas and housing compounds, hotels and
restaurants, beach resorts, hospitals, and industries that use water
for cooling, processing and irrigation.
public desalination plants are finding it difficult to meet the
growing needs of industry and a rapidly expanding population, and are
facing other problems resulting from climatic changes that have
resulted in very little rainfall over the past few years.
any case, demand for water in Jeddah is constantly growing. And, being
the gateway to the two holy cities, Jeddah’s water supply is in
particularly heavy demand during the Haj and Umrah.
part of its bid to supplement the efforts of the public desalination
plants in producing potable water, SBCC conducted market research with
a base sample of 250 individuals and institutions.
results indicated that that there was a shortage of close to 200,000
cubic meters a day in the supply.
the new plant is successful, more desalination plants will be
established in locations both within and around the city.
said his company will have a fleet of 23 delivery tankers made of
stainless steel. The plant will employ about 100 people, 30 percent of
them technical staff.
city’s main sources of water are the government-run desalination
plants on the Corniche and a pipeline connected to the desalination
plant in Shuaiba.
tankers bring in additional supplies from wells in Taif and Asfan.
Unfortunately, these wells become depleted in the summer months.
are still a number of households and institutions, including
hospitals, that are not connected to the water network or have to
augment their water requirements by tanker deliveries.
first desalination plant was constructed in 1907, thus ending the
city’s dependence on brackish well water. The late King Abdul Aziz
commissioned two other plants in 1927.
there are 27 desalination plants on the coasts of the Red Sea and
Arabian Gulf, which supply more than 600 million gallons of drinking
water daily, making Saudi Arabia the world’s largest producer of