In the evening of June 29, 2022, HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Emir of Riyadh Region, launched 93 developmental projects for the environment, water and agriculture system in the region, at a cost of more than 8.5 billion Saudi Riyals. Upon the Emir's arrival, Engineer Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture "MEWA" and a number of ministry officials received His Royal Highness.
An oratorical party was held on this occasion, which began with recitation of verses from the Holy Qur'an, and then MEWA Minister delivered a speech in which he explained that the first of these projects is the construction of new water assets, to strengthen water resources in Riyadh region, and localize industry and technology, after the implementation and operation of the Saudi Water Desalination Corporation of Jubail- Riyadh Water Transmission System (Phase III), It is the largest transmission system in the Kingdom, with a design transmission capacity of (1,200,000) m3/day, at a dual transmission system, and a total length of (821) kilometers and a diameter of 88 inches.
Engr. Al-Fadhli noted that the project starts from the Jubail production system, and from the first pumping station in Jubail consisting of (6) basic pumps, with a capacity of one million cubic meters per day, in addition to two pumps for abnormal operation, with a capacity of 1.2 million cubic meters per day, and (7) Tanks with a total capacity of (1.2 million m3), at a rate of (170,000) cubic meters per tank, and a transporter line with a length exceeding (169 km), up to the second pumping station containing (6) basic pumps, with a capacity of one million cubic meters per day, two pumps for abnormal operation, with a capacity of 1.2 million cubic meters per day, and a jointing point with the Ras Al-Khair-Riyadh transmission system feed Ras Al-Khair, with a capacity of (400,000) cubic meters per day in emergencies, in addition to a transmission line extending (125 km) long, up to the third pumping station, which includes (6) basic pumps, with a capacity of 1 million cubic meters per day, and two pumps for abnormal operation, with a capacity of 1.2 million cubic meters per day, in addition to reverse pumping from the highest point in Riyadh, with a capacity of one million cubic meters per day, and a long transmission line (114 km) l, all the way to the highest point of Riyadh city, including (7) tanks, with a capacity (170,000 m3) per tank, with a total capacity of 1,200,00 m3, at a total cost exceeding 6.318 billion Saudi Riyals.
According to Minister Al Fadhli, the National Water Company carried out (37) water projects, at a cost exceeding 773 million Saudi Riyals, in order to strengthen the drinking water distribution system and manage demand in Riyadh region. He indicated that NWC implemented (6) projects to enhance water resources from ground wells, including qualification and development of Abar Saad fields east of the capital, by installing (40) water pumps on wells, and the qualification of electrical work at the Pipe Water Purification Plant, which will contribute to raising water supplies to Riyadh in quantities up to (200,000) cubic meters per day, at a cost of more than 138.2 million Saudi Riyals. Due to the importance of increasing the coverage rates of water services in Riyadh city and delivering it to beneficiaries; NWC implemented 14 projects to complete operational tanks construction at a total capacity of 70,000 cubic meters, and implementation of main water lines and networks at lengths exceeding 333 km in 53 districts at a total cost exceeding SR 267 million.
Minister Al Fadhli pointed out that 5 projects had been implemented to enhance the coverage of water services, improve operational efficiency in the governorates of Al-Majmaa, Al-Ghat, Thadeq, and Remah north of Riyadh city, including the implementation of ground and overhead operational water tanks, with a total storage capacity of (22,000) cubic meters, transporter water lines and sub-networks with lengths exceeding (210) kilometers, to serve more than (15,500) new beneficiaries, at a cost of more than (83) million Saudi Riyals, and the construction of two ground and overhead tanks at Al-Hadar center in Al-Afalaj governorate south of Riyadh region, with a capacity of (2,000) Cubic meters, in addition to (6) projects to implement water lines and sub-networks with lengths exceeding (135.11) kilometers, and more than (2,000) household water connections, to serve more than (24,170) new beneficiaries, in the governorates of Hutet Bani Tamim, Al-Hariq, Al-Aflaj, Al-Delam, Al-Sulail, and Al-Kharj at a total cost of more than (43.7) million Saudi Riyals.
Engr. Al-Fadhli explained that NWC implemented (5) projects to strengthen the daily distribution system, and improve operational efficiency in the governorates of Al-Quwaiya, Al-Dawadami, Al-Mazahimiya, and Afif, and their affiliated centers west of Riyadh city, including an operational tank in Al-Dawadmi governorate with a storage capacity of (15,000) cubic meters, (8) Pumping stations and (27) overhead and ground operating tanks, with a total capacity of (32,200) cubic meters, and the development of the main pumping stations in the Al-Dawadmi-Afif comprehensive project to bring the total pumping rates to (50,000) cubic meters of water per day, and the implementation of transporter lines, main lines and sub-networks with lengths exceeding (331) kilometers, to serve more than (36,600) new beneficiaries, at a cost of more than 240 million Saudi Riyals.
MEWA Minister indicated that NWC carried out (30) projects in Riyadh city to boost environmental sustainability, end environmental damage, and increase the coverage of environmental services in the region. The projects included the implementation of the fourth phase in the tertiary treatment plant south of Riyadh city, with a treatment capacity of (200,000) meters of treated water per day, main lines and sub-networks of environmental services extended exceeding (326) kilometers long, and more than (13,000) household sanitary drainage connections to serve more than 157,000 new beneficiaries at ( 12) districts in Riyadh, at a total cost of more than (1.057) billion Saudi Riyals, and to strengthen the infrastructure of the environmental treatment system in the governorates of Riyadh region, and increase the coverage of sanitation services, the company carried out (5) projects, including the implementation of development work for the environmental treatment plant in Al-Quwaiya governorate, and the implementation of a lifting plant in Hawtet Bani Tamim governorate, with a capacity of more than (7,272) cubic meters per day, the extension of main lines and sub-networks in (5) governorates, with lengths exceeding (204) kilometers, and more than (2,600) sanitary drainage household connections that will contribute to the service of more than (31,300) new beneficiaries at a total cost of more than 254 million Saudi Riyals.
Al-Fadhli also showed that the ministry drilled and operated (13) ground wells in Abar Al-Qurna wells field in Al-Quwaiya, Al-Ghat, Alkharj comprehensive field, and Wadi Al-Dawaser, at a total production capacity of (46,800) cubic meters per day, and a tubular underground well, a pumping station, and a tank filling station in Qur Al-Harsha, with a production capacity of 1,500 cubic meters per day, as part of the Bedouin lands drinking initiative to enhance the water resources of Bedouins and remote areas, at a total cost of more than 20.9 million Saudi Riyals, in an effort by the environment, water and agriculture system to increase water resources in the region. He pointed out the maximizing the benefit of rainwater harvesting, and to enhancing surface water resources, the Ministry constructed (11) dams in the valleys of the region in seven governorates, namely Al-Quwaiyya, Thadaq, Al-Zilfi, Al-Ghat, Heremla,, Hawtet Bani Tamim, and Al-Sulail, with lengths ranging from (83) meters to (480) meters and, heights ranging from (5) meters to (16) meters, design storage capacities ranging from (84,000) cubic meters to (726,000) cubic meters, at a total cost of more than 70.7 million Saudi Riyals.
Al-Fadhli added that to boost the quality of services, the ministry expanded through the establishment of branches in Al-Ghat and Duruma governorates to the develop and maintain livestock, in addition to the establishment of a veterinary unit in Dawadmi governorate , which included halls for veterinary examination and storing medicines, at a cost of more than 35,137 million Saudi Riyals. He added that in order to promote environmental sustainability, the National Center for Vegetation Development and Combating Desertification implemented a project to increase vegetation cover in the Riyadh Region by planting more than 70,000 trees of locus and acacia at Al-Ghat National Park, and (30,000) trees in the governorate of Al-Majmaa and irrigation using the renewed water, at a cost of (3,000,000) Saudi Riyals. He indicated that there are projects are being implemented to increase and develop vegetation and combat desertification, totaling (17) afforestation projects at a total of more than 46 million Saudi Riyals, and (14) future projects aimed at growing the seeds of pastoral plants and seedlings, developing, qualifying and maintaining pastures, and developing and operating a number of national parks in the region, at a total cost of more than 175 million Saudi Riyals.
The Minister confirmed that these qualitative projects were carried out according to the best practices and technical expertise, to reflect the functioning of the environment, water and agriculture system, in accordance with the Kingdom's vision 2030, which reflects the keenness of the wise leadership to provide all decent livelihoods for its citizens and residents of its territory. In the ceremony end, HRH the Emir of Riyadh Region received a souvenir on this occasion.