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Record water pumping to end shortage

People across Saudi Arabia will not face any water shortage this summer as the Saline Water Conversion Corporation has decided to pump a total of 4.6 million cubic meters of desalinated water daily.
Abdul Rahman Al-Ibrahim, governor of SWCC, said his organization has completed all preparations to meet the growing demand for water and electricity during summer, adding that SWCC plants alone would supply 2.8 million cubic meters of water and 1,812 megawatts of electricity daily to the network.
Private suppliers including two barges would pump 1.8 million cubic meters of water daily, the governor said.
The SWCC plants in Alkhobar and Marafiq will supply 900,000 cubic meters daily to Eastern Province cities of Dammam, Hufouf, Dhahran, Abqaiq, Alkhobar, Qatif, Ras Tanura, Safwa and Saihat.
“Giving home connections is not the responsibility of the SWCC,” Al-Ibrahim said, adding that it would supply the requirements of water directorates in different regions and the National Water Company which currently looks after supply in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Taif.
He said Jubail desal plants can pump more than 1.1 million cubic meters of water to Riyadh, Qassim and Jubail. SWCC plants on the western coasts produce more than 1.3 million cubic meters daily, while Jeddah plants supply 350,000 cubic meters. Shuaiba plants produce 450,000 cubic meters daily to meet the needs of Makkah, Jeddah and Taif.


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