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Prince Hossam bin Saud inaugurates 28 water and sanitation projects in Al-Baha at +SR 572m

His Royal Highness Prince Dr. Hossam bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Emir of  Al-Baha Region, launched 28 developmental projects for the environment, water and agriculture system in the region at a cost of more than 572 million Saudi Riyals. Engineer Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Fadhli, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture "MEWA" and several ministry officials attended the ceremony.

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In his patronage of  MEWA  launch ceremony in the region at King Abdulaziz Civil Center, Prince Hossam bin Saud thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and his Crown Prince, May God Protect them,  for caring for all that would provide services to the esteemed citizen. He noted that these projects contribute to supporting environmental and water sustainability in the region, in accordance with the targets of the Saudi Arabian Vision 2030.

 

The prince stressed that these developmental projects come as a continuation of the great support enjoyed by citizens and residents, and Al-Baha Region in particular, from the wise leadership, May God Support them, to improve the quality of life, and implement the projects that have a direct impact on man's life. His Highness thanked the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, and the staff of  the environment, water, and agriculture system for their continuous efforts.

 

On his part, MEWA Minister Al-Fadhli explained that the project to build a water purification plant on Wadi Al-Janabin Dam, with a production capacity of 15,000  cubic meters per day was completed in addition to a project to raise the total capacity of the plant to 20,000  cubic meters per day, to serve more than 80,000 beneficiaries in Beljerchi Governorate districts, centers,  and parts of the southern centers and districts of Al-Baha city, at a total cost of more than 51 million Saudi Riyals, in order to increase the production capacity of water, and maximize utilization of surface water in dams.

 

To boost water quality and increase daily distribution rates, Al—Fadhli pointed out that the National Water Company "NWC" carried out 4 projects, including the construction of a water purification plant on the Wadi Tharad dam, with a production capacity of 20,000 cubic meters, construction of pumps along the water transmitter line at a pumping capacity of 10,000 cubic meters per day, installation of two units at Al-Aqiq plant, Luhaiyan at a 16,000 m3/day production capacity, in addition to completion of operational  tanks work at several Aqiq centers to serve more than 92,000 beneficiaries  at Aqiq Governorate's districts and centers and some A-Baha city's parts at a total cost touching 55 million Saudi Riyals. .

 

According to Minister Al Fadhli, to maximize the utilization of groundwater, NWC carried out two projects to qualify 14  wells at Wadi Arada in Al-Qura Governorate and Wadi Duqa in Qalwa Governorate, with a total production capacity of 30,000   cubic meters per day, to serve 120,000  beneficiaries in Al-Qura governorate, the northern districts of Al-Baha city, and some districts of Qalwa governorate, at a total cost of more than 14 million Saudi Riyals. He pointed out that NWC carried out 4 projects, to establish networks with lengths exceeding 171 kilometers, installed 1,510 household connections for water services, and pumping station of a production capacity of more than 5,000 cubic meters per day, to serve nearly 10,000 new beneficiaries in the districts and centers of Aqiq and Mekhwaa governorates and some districts of Al-Mandaq governorate and Bahr center in Qalwa governorate, at a total cost of more than 32 million Saudi Riyals, in order to increase the coverage of water services.

 

MEWA Minister  said: "To achieve water security and increase the water storage capacity in the region, NWC constructed strategic reservoirs with a total capacity of 150,000 cubic meters, to serve about 200,000 beneficiaries in A-Qura Governorate, Al-Baha city's northern districts, and some districts of Al-Mandaq and Bani Hassan governorates, at a cost of some 110 million Saudi Riyals". He indicated that the company has implemented two projects to build two administrative buildings, at a total cost of 10 million riyals to improve the quality of services provided in Al-Qura and Mekhwaa governorates.

 

As for environmental services projects in Al-Baha Region, the Minister explained that in order to boost environmental sustainability, end environmental damage, and increase the coverage of environmental services,  NWC implemented 4 projects, including the construction of sewage treatment plants "STPs", with a total capacity of nearly 19,000 cubic meters per day, and the implementation of main and sublines of lengths exceeding 40 kilometers in Al-Aqiq, Al-Mekhwaa and Beljerchi governorates, at a total cost of more than 198 million Saudi Riyals.

 

Al-Fadhli added "In order to conserve groundwater and maximize the use of reused water, the National Water Company has implemented two projects to establish operational reservoirs for renewed water, with a total capacity of 24,000 cubic meters, and extended networks of lengths exceeding 17 kilometers, to serve parts of the districts of Mekhwaa governorate and the road linking Al-Baha city and Aqiq governorate, at a total cost of more than 40 million Saudi Riyals.

 

MEWA Minister said that in an effort to increase water sources in Al-Baha Region, the Water Directorate implemented 5 projects to build concrete dams for flood streams in a number of valleys of the region, namely, Subterranean Duqa valley, Subterranean Battat, Wadi Al-Medra, Wadi Al-Nasba, and Al-Humaira at lengths that reached 877 meters, with a height of 91 meters, and a reservoir design storage capacity of more than 2 million cubic meters, at a cost of more than 45 million Saudi Riyals.

 

He  stressed that MEWA, in an effort by the environment, water, and agricultural system in the region, to drilled and operated 4 intercepting wells with a production capacity exceeding  5,000 cubic meters per day, together with supplying pumps, constructing transmitter line of 4 kilometers and a tanker filling station  at Badia Water source, Warekh Center, Al-Aqiq Governorate, at a total cost exceeding 15 million Saudi Riyals.

 

To conclude, Minister Al-Fadhli stressed that these quality projects  were implemented according to the best practices and technical expertise to reflect the progress of environment, water, and agricultural system according to national strategies devised to reflect our promising national vision 2030 and the keenness of this country's leadership to provide all ways of nice livelihood to the citizens and residents. 

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