Riyadh groundwater level lowered

Riyadh groundwater level lowered
Updated 07 September 2012

Riyadh groundwater level lowered

Riyadh groundwater level lowered

RIYADH: The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) implemented a network of underground drainage projects to lower the level of groundwater in Riyadh.
“Work continues through the implementation of several methods in another six neighborhoods, covering a length of 59 km,” said ADA President Ibrahim Al-Sultan.
As a result, rising groundwater will no longer pose a problem for more than 47 neighborhoods in the Kingdom's capital city.
The ADA is preparing a comprehensive plan to continuously monitor and control the level of groundwater in the capital’s eastern part.
Al-Sultan added that the water level in the Kingdom's capital city began to rise more than four decades ago, keeping up with the city's population and building construction boom.
The increase in the water consumption and runoff led to rising groundwater levels, particularly in areas with inadequate drainage.
The ADA commissioned a study to assess the effectiveness of the city's groundwater drainage network systems and find alternative solutions. Based on the findings, the city was divided according to priority.
The priorities for the implementation of underground drainage projects were based on groundwater level, urbanization, the availability of a sewer system and the proportion of harmful components in groundwater, especially sulfur and chlorine.