Water leak repairs save SR 600 million

Updated 11 December 2012
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Water leak repairs save SR 600 million

More than 97 million cubic meters of water have been saved this year in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, and Taif as a result of water leak repairs, said a spokesman from the National Water Company (NWC).
This amounts to SR 600 million. In Riyadh only, water savings reached 52 million cubic meters, while in Jeddah 13 cubic meters of water was saved, and lastly, in Makkah and Taif 27, 4 million cubic meters respectively were spared.
The company said it used modern technologies to detect invisible water leaks. For the first time in the Middle East, audio equipment and radars were used to examine water networks, as well as Helium, for the observation and detection of leakages. The use of the latest and most advanced equipment in water leakage detection has led to prompter repairing of breakages in water networks. Moreover, the company seeks to achieve its objectives to preserve water by providing extensive programs to detect seen and unseen water leaks, improving overall performance and addressing environmental issues according to accredited technical standards. This comes with the aim of increasing operational efficiency in the sector and reducing expenditures. In addition, it aspires to improve the management of demand on water according to international performance rates.
Since its establishment three years ago, the company managed during this short period to minimize the amount of wasted water through the nationalization of technology and the use of a package of modern technical programs. All these indicators, and technical data, suggest the overall improvement in the sector’s performance and the achievement of the company’s goals.
It is worth mentioning that the company achieved 67 million cubic meters (SR 400 million) in savings last year as a result of water leak repairs in Riyadh and Jeddah.


Saudi foreign minister meets with Indonesian counterpart

Updated 36 min 18 sec ago
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Saudi foreign minister meets with Indonesian counterpart

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, met on Tuesday with his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, in the capital Jakarta.
During the meeting, the pair discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and means of enhancing them in various fields, in addition to matters of mutual interest and the top regional and international developments.
The meeting was attended by the director general of the foreign minister’s office, Ambassador Khalid bin Musaed Al-Anqari, and the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia, Osama bin Mohammed Al-Shuaibi.
Al-Jubeir also headed the Saudi delegation at the 10th ministerial meeting of the Saudi-Indonesian Joint Committee, which was also held in Jakarta, while Marsudi headed the Indonesian side.
The meeting discussed bilateral relations and means of enhancing cooperation between the two countries and witnessed the signing of several agreement during the committee’s 10th meeting.
After that, Al-Jubeir held a joint press conference with his Indonesian counterpart and highlighted the strong relations between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
The Saudi foreign minister emphasized that King Salman pays great attention to the tragic incident that claimed the life of citizen Jamal Khashoggi.
“When King Salman learned about the incident, he immediately communicated with the president of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and gave his order to dispatch a Saudi team to Turkey to investigate the case and find the truth about what happened,” he said.
He added that King Salman directed the attorney-general ten days ago to investigate the case, reveal its circumstances, and discover what occured.
Al-Jubeir pointed out that King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are closely following the developments of the Khashoggi case and are keen to reveal all the relevant facts in order to hold those involved accountable.