Water supply to Makkah increased

Water supply to Makkah increased
Updated 01 July 2013

Water supply to Makkah increased

Water supply to Makkah increased

Daily water supply to Makkah has been increased to 120,000 cubic meters. 
“With this increase the total daily supply will reach 670,000 cubic meters, which will be the highest quantity of daily supply compared to the 480,000-520,000 cubic meters provided previously,” spokesman of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) Sultan Al-Otaibi said in a statement on Saturday.
He said the SWCC governor commissioned a fourth pumping station to commence work at the Al-Shuaiba plant and ensured the preparedness of the Makkah branch of the National Water Company (NWC) to adjust to the excess supply.
He said four water pumps at three Shuaiba-Mina stations are earmarked to supply water to the strategic reserve tanks in Mina and Arafat. “The four SWCC pumps will continue supplying water until there is sufficient storage in Makkah. Additional reserve lines will be laid to counter any unforeseen disruption.”
Makkah will have full water capacity in Ramadan, he asserted. 
SWCC resumed water supply to Makkah last week after a breakdown, which lasted several days. The breakdown was due to a leak that appeared in a major supply line from the Al-Shuaiba plant to the holy city.
Director of Makkah and Taif Works Unit in the NWC, Abdullah Ahmad Hasanain, said that with the water supply resumption, water distribution to most districts in Makkah has been normalized. “The daily pumping cycle has reached 35 percent with quantities of water reaching 415,000 cubic meters per day,” he said. 
The areas included the districts of Al-Zaher, Faisal Badr, Al-Azizia Al-Sharqiyah, Wadi Jaleel, Ajyad, Al-Misfalah, Al-Massafi, Al-Malawi Al-Yusra, Al-Maabdah Al-Muthallath, Ree Dhakhir, Dahlat Al-Jinn, Sab Al-Banat, Jabal Al-Kaaba, Al-Magharibah, Al-Mansouriyah, Jabal Juhaishah, Al-Gashlah, Al-Kidwah, Harat Hummos and Kuday. 
Makkah requires the maximum quantity of water during Haj when 3 million pilgrims visit Makkah and Mina. Similarly, there is a large demand for water during Ramadan when pilgrims flock to the holy city.