RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Spanish water company Aqualia has been credited for its work in Saudi Arabia’s water sector over the last five years.
The Governor of Riyadh (H.R.H Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud) presented the Award for Water to Javier Díaz, manager of Aqualia in Saudi Arabia, during the Saudi Water Electricity Forum(SWEF) held in Riyadh this week.
The award pays recognition to the work carried out by Aqualia, including the sectioning and leakage project in the city of Riyadh, as well as the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plants in Mecca (Hadda and Arana Plants).
Aqualia was credited for its work on the drinking water supply network of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, including a search for and repair leakages in the city's water network.
The award also recognises the role Aqualia played in the management of the Hadda and Arana wastewater treatment plants in Mecca. Since last year, the company has been managing both wastewater treatment plants which have a maximum flow capacity of 375,000 m3/day.
Elsewhere in the region, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Aqualia manages the sewerage and purification system in the eastern area of Abu Dhabi.
This commission was the first to be awarded to a Spanish company in the UAE and includes the operation and maintenance of a wastewater sewerage network stretching more than 2,400 kilometres, with 68 wastewater pumping stations and 19 wastewater treatment plants in the city of Al Ain (in the western area of Abu Dhabi, at the border with Oman) and the surrounding areas.
In addition to these projects, Aqualia works in sewerage system management in the Qatari city of Al Dhakhira (read WWi article).
The project, awarded at the end of 2014 for 300 million euros, entails the construction of a wastewater treatment plant that will manage an average flow of 56,200 m3/day and will serve more than 205,000 people.