Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture "MEWA", Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Water Company "NWC", launched on Monday, the integration of each of the Central and Eastern clusters under the umbrella of the Company. The ceremony was attended by Eng. Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Mowkely, CEO, NWC and a number of Ministry officials, and NWC's senior staff.
This act comes as part of the continuous process of NWC's strategic program to integrate 13 administrative regions into 6 clusters all over the Kingdom under its umbrella in order to achieve the objectives of the National Water Strategy, and the Saudi Vision 2030 for restructuring the water sector, following NWC's success in integrating the regions of Madinah and Tabuk under the name of the Northwestern Cluster last November as a first stage.
"This movement comes in accordance with the schedule to complete the integration of the governorates of Riyadh Region under the name of "Central Cluster", and the Eastern Region under the name of "Eastern Cluster" on March 1st, 2021, as the second stage of the program of integrating sectors" said the Company. NWC stated that it began early its applied and executive steps taking into account all the lessons learned in the first stage of integrating the water distribution sectors in Saudi Arabia through standard indicators and periodic follow up in more than 92,000 working hours with leading, executive, and support working teams of 170 members, 25 change and enabling ambassadors, 32 change management programs in order to streamline the national integration stage, and more than 400 training hours to ensure works implementation continuity.
The company added that it succeeded in completing the integration stage of the Central and Eastern clusters without impact or interruption to the services provided, operational work progress, and infrastructure projects together with staff transfer and the application and consolidation of all technical systems of administrative, financial and technical processes, and standardization of internal work policies and procedures for all practical tracks.
NWC stated that it will complete the stages of the integration and consolidation projects of the water distribution sector in the Kingdom gradually before the end of 202. The Company indicated that the third stage of the integration will encompass the Western Cluster (the governorates of Makkah) and the Southern Cluster including four regions (Najran, Assir, Al-Baha and Jazan) in early July. The fourth stage will be completed by integrating the Northern Cluster, which comprises four regions (Qassim, Hail, Al-Jouf and Northern Border) in early November 2021.
The Company added that the sectors' integration program approved by the MEWA aims to provide a modern environment of administrative and technical enablers to upgrade operational efficiency and performance administratively, technically and technologically, by integrating systems, policies and procedures to achieve balance in the levels of sustainable and quality services provision.
NWC noted that the sectors' integration project is the first step necessary to engage the private sector in upgrading operational efficiency, redressing technical gaps, localization of technology and expertise through O&M contracts with local and international consortia up to concluding concession agreements under the objectives of the National Water Strategy, and the Saudi Vision 2030.