Giant storage plant will solve Jeddah’s water problem

Updated 14 July 2013

Giant storage plant will solve Jeddah’s water problem

The National Water Company (NWC) plans to build a massive 12 million cubic meter storage facility in three years in Jeddah that will end all water shortages in the city during emergencies.
Abdullah Al-Assaf, director of the NWC's Jeddah business, said that the company pumps enough water to supply the city's four million inhabitants, but the problem has always been a lack of storage capacity in the city. The proposed storage facility will supply water when there are problems with the pipeline network.
“A giant storage project will be implemented in the region to secure reserves of more than 12 million cubic meters of water,” he was quoted as saying by local media.
Commenting on the water shortages in Jeddah every year during Ramadan, he said: “The quantities pumped daily are sufficient to meet the needs of the population, especially after the new station was launched.”
He said a plan is in place to keep up with growing demand during the holy month. This includes adequate supply to houses and distribution centers. “Coupons were canceled because of the abuses and violations committed by some distributors,” he said while reacting to recent long queues at water distribution centers in the city.
Water distribution centers would not be closed, particularly in areas not covered by the water network, he said. “These operations will still be running for another five years at least.”
There are four distribution centers — in Al-Faisaliah, Briman, Kilo 14 and Quwaizah, he said. “These centers work 24 hours a day.”
He urged citizens and residents not to go to distribution centers for their water because the company is “committed” to delivering water to their homes once orders are received.
He said 150 employees are tasked with following up on orders and calls received from customers. “We receive more than 6,000 calls a day,” he said.
The giant water storage project will be built in Briman, which currently has a reservoir of two million cubic meters of water. “The first phase of the project will be completed early next year. The second stage's technical and financial studies are under way. This will add another one million cubic meters of water.”
The third and fourth stages of the project would be completed within three years, with a total storage capacity of 12 million cubic meters, to help deal with emergencies, he said.


Dr. Majdah Abdulhadi Shugdar, Saudi executive

Updated 6 min 55 sec ago

Dr. Majdah Abdulhadi Shugdar, Saudi executive

Dr. Majdah Abdulhadi Shugdar has been the general supervisor of the General Directorate of Training at the Education and Training Evaluation Commission since January 2020.

In 1989, she gained a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) and a master’s degree in the same field of study, also from KAU, in 1995.

Fifteen years later, she obtained a post-graduate diploma in research management from the University of Bradford, in the UK and in 2014, a Ph.D. in business administration from Cardiff Metropolitan University, in Wales.

Shugdar worked as a laboratory quality coordinator at the clinical laboratory and blood bank of Jeddah’s King Fahd General Hospital (KFGH) from 1997 to 2001. She also worked at KFGH as director of the total quality management (TQM) department from 2008 to 2015.

In 2004, she became the director of TQM at the Jeddah-based International Medical Center (IMC), where she successfully built a database for the automatic generation of monthly reports. She also developed IMC’s TQM and patient safety plan in coordination with US-based Cleveland Clinic.

Two years later, she moved to the Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) where she was appointed as the director of the TQM department.

From 2008 to 2015, Shugdar worked as the director of the health care accreditation department at the CBAHI and between 2015 and January 2020 was a general director assistant for health care accreditation affairs with the board.

Shugdar has represented Saudi Arabia as a speaker and chairperson at a number of international events.