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Mon 15 Jun 2009 08:00 AM

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Pipeline announced to stop Saudi water shortages

New pipeline in Taif to increase water supply to 280,000 cubic metres per day.

Water shortages which have troubled the Saudi Arabian city of Taif will come to an end with the opening of a new pipeline, a government official has said.

Abdullah Al-Hussayen, Minister of Water and Electricity, speaking during the second week of water shortages in the city, said the new pipe will increase the supply to 280,000 cubic metres per day.

Currently, the city relies on its water supply being delivered by a 30-year-old pipeline, the Saudi Gazette reported.

Lu’ay Bin Ahmed Al-Musallum, the executive head of the National Water Company (NWC), said a public and private sector agreements, worth SAR113 million, have been signed to improve water services in the Kingdom.

Efforts to improve Jeddah’s water supply will see maintenance work carried out and extra supplies of up to 180,000 cubic metres of water per day pumped from the Al-Shu’aiba 3 station and 10,000 cubic metres from Wadi Khuleis.

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