The National Water Company (NWC) announced the launching of the third phase of the program for improving water supplies in Jeddah governorate. This main phase included the closure of the second largest filling station ‘K14’ in the south of the governorate following the late suspension of Al-Faisaliyah station. The full amount of water allocated to the station, which is 40,000m3, has been pumped through the public network, achieving continuous network supply in 97 percent of the covered districts for the first time ever in the governorate. Benefiting districts amounted to 76.
NWC’s Senior Director of the Western Sector, Eng. Muhammad bin Saleh Al-Ghamedi, said that having completed the projects for network qualification, infrastructure and the reengineering of the whole operation system in addition to distributing operation among NWC partners in the water distribution sector, the company has been able to increase the total amount of water distributed daily in Jeddah by 34 percent, compared to the last couple of years when the program first started. The water distributed amounted this year to 1.5 million m3 per day, which is 90 percent of the total demand on water in the governorate.
Al-Ghamedi added that the Company works in an accelerated pace to execute its service operations and projects and increase the standard of water and environmental services in Jeddah and the whole Makkah region, with the aim of achieving the government’s Vision 2030.
Eng. Muhammad Al-Zahrani, Jeddah Director General of Water, however, said that this phase contributed greatly to reducing the demand on tankers by over 80 percent compared to when the program was first launched in 2017 when supply was only 75 percent, which reached 91 percent this year. The continuous supply hours hit an unprecedented 20 hours per day, which is four times the old daily supply.
He added that by closing this filling station, NWC would have closed 50 percent of its filling stations running in Jeddah including Brieman and Al-Faisaliyah stations, which expresses its absolute commitment to its customers, and reduces dependence on tankers to the minimum, in addition to achieving the sought continuous supply targets for all covered districts. “There are still three marginal filling stations including Al-Rahili, Al-Khamrah and Quwaizah that supply the districts not covered by networks round the clock. It is noteworthy to mention that 87 percent of Jeddah population are covered with water network services.