Saudi Arabia has assigned a budget of over $80 billion for the implementation of hundreds of water projects in the coming years as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all, said a top minister, reports Arab News.
During last week’s UN 2023 Water Conference in New York, Dr Abdulaziz Al Shaibani, the kingdom's Deputy Minister for Water at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture said the national water strategy was in line with the goals of sustainable development.
"The Kingdom aspires to provide sanitation services to all by increasing the percentage of the population covered by sanitation services to be more than 95% by 2030. Also, KSA established the National Water Efficiency and Conservation Center," said Dr Al Shaibani.
Saudi Arabia is on track to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, added Al Shaibani during the event, thanks to the reorganization of the water sector and the creation of the National Water Strategy.
Saudi Arabia’s National Water Strategy has 10 programs, which include the private sector in production and wastewater treatment focusing on pooling production and wastewater treatment assets to privatize them.