JEDDAH: Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, minister of environment, water and agriculture and chairman of the National Water Co., on Saturday, inspected the second phase of the water production and transmission project from Rabigh Dam to Jeddah City and Rabigh Refining Station, completed at a cost of SR447 million ($119 million).
He also inspected the project’s purification plant, the reservoirs and connecting points for the transmission line in Al-Rahili, Jeddah, the distribution station in Thuwal, and the line bifurcations to Thuwal, Al-Qudaima and Saabr.
Al-Fadhli said that the work comes within the framework of strengthening water resources and supply operations in the Kingdom, which includes projects that enhance the sources and quantity of drinking water and the transmission of it to consumers.
The project will serve more than 500,000 beneficiaries in Jeddah and Rabigh governorates and their affiliated areas.
The minister said that the implementation of these projects is a fundamental pillar for upgrading the services in line with Vision 2030.
Saleh Al-Ghamdi, chief operating officer at the National Water Co., said: “The project aims to increase the water supply in the Makkah area by 100,000 cubic meters per day to procure water for the towns and villages along the line from the purification plant to the Al-Rahili reservoir north of the city of Jeddah, including Thuwal, the National Guard staff housing, security headquarters north of Jeddah, and the northern districts of Abhur, Jeddah.”
He said that the plant is supplied with untreated water from the Rabigh Dam storage reservoir, which has a capacity of about 220 million cubic meters.
The Rabigh Dam water purification plant project has a production capacity of 100,000 cubic meters per day.
It consists of a 1.7 km-long water pipeline to transmit untreated water from the dam to the plant.
It also includes a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and fire alarm and control systems, in addition to the water transmission pipeline from the station to the Rahili tanks north of Jeddah with a total length of 160 km.