Water tariff to rise 50% next month

Updated 03 November 2015

Water tariff to rise 50% next month

RIYADH: The Ministry of Water and Electricity will raise by 50 percent tariff for water and sanitation services provided for government bodies and large industrial and commercial establishments starting Dec. 16.

The ministry has set special pricing for water for those who benefit from water service only, and another pricing for those benefiting from both services.
The price of both services will be calculated by the water meter, where SR3 has been added to beneficiaries of the services. Receipt fees will remain unchanged.
An official at the ministry said residential houses are excluded from the increase.
The source added that the Ministry of Water and Electricity plans to apply the new tariff and improve sanitation services on Dec. 16 in all regions of the Kingdom as a way to reduce the high rate of water consumption and rationalize its use.
The change in pricing will depend on the amount of water consumed per month. The new tariff will be SR9 per cubic meter in case users benefit from both water and sanitation services and SR6 per cubic meter in case consumers use only the water service. The cost will depend on the water consumption amount and the number of meters.
The ministry stressed that the studies carefully prepared during re-pricing will have a minor financial impact and will not negatively affect citizens, yet they will have an impact on limiting the high consumption rates and preserving water resources.

FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018

FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.