Water master plan to be developed for the Holy City of Makkah

An 18-month contract has been awarded to consultancy Arcadis to develop a drinking water, wastewater, treated sewage effluent and an asset management master plan for the region of Makkah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...

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An 18-month contract has been awarded to consultancy Arcadis to develop a drinking water, wastewater, treated sewage effluent and an asset management master plan for the region of Makkah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As part of the contract, the team will work closely with National Water Company to develop a plan to fit His Highness King Abdullah’s vision of 2050.

Once completed, the study will provide a master plan to enable future planning of water and wastewater services for over seven million people in the region as well as industrial clients to the year 2050. As part of the study, emergency works will also be contemplated.

“The city of Makkah is a focal point of Muslim pilgrims often swelling the population above its base of two million inhabitants to over six million during religious festivals placing significant demands on basic services," said Philip Bourne, water sector director – Middle East at Arcadis.

“The water service coverage in Makkah is low – around 65% of the populated area and the wastewater service coverage is less. There is currently not sufficient capacity in the treatment plants to treat the additional flow and load."

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