Published on 26th July 2021
The Saudi National Water Company (NWC) has inked deals with contractors worth SR 3 billion (USD 800 million) to offer water and sewage services to 6 million people.
According to NWC, the 91 agreements with 44 contractors will result in the construction of 276,000 water and 229,000 sewage connections.
Since more than half of the inputs for the project's water and sewage connections and service lines must be manufactured locally, the project will benefit the national economy.
As part of the Kingdom's wider privatization drive, the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture (MEWA) has initiated the latest phase of its restructuring of regional water facilities under the NWC umbrella.
Last Sunday, Abdul Rahman Al-Fadli, the minister of environment, water, and agriculture, announced the integration of the Western Cluster, which revolves around Makkah, and the Southern Cluster, which includes Asir, Jazan, Najran, and Al-Baha.
The two clusters will be reformed under the NWC parent body as part of a proposal to merge all 13 regions of the Kingdom into six clusters that will subsequently be managed centrally.
This new stage comes after the NWC successfully integrated the northern regions into the Northwestern Cluster in November, with minimal service interruptions. The long-term goal is to fully integrate the water distribution industry by the end of the year.