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Saudi Arabia to invest $4B in treated water reuse projects

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Saudi Arabia is preparing to initiate 96 projects aimed at enhancing the infrastructure for reusing treated water across the agricultural, urban, and industrial sectors, according to a senior government official, reports Zawya.

Muhammad bin Zaid Abuhaid, the acting CEO of the Saudi Irrigation Organization (SIO), announced these new projects during a panel discussion at the 10th World Water Forum in Indonesia.

The investment will amount to 15 billion Saudi riyals ($4 billion). These initiatives are part of the National Water Strategy, which aims to reuse 70% of locally treated water, equating to 1.8 billion cubic meters by 2030, SIO stated in a post on the social messaging platform X.

In 2016, Saudi Arabia reused nearly 127 million cubic meters of water. By 2023, this volume increased by 300% to 508 million cubic meters, representing 26% of the Kingdom's treated water production, according to the report.

Abuhaid also mentioned that the Kingdom has developed a comprehensive supply and demand plan for treated water extending to 2075.

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