The construction of KPZW in Kudai District costed more than SR 700 million, fully funded by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah ibn Abdul-Aziz, may he rest in peace. The aim of the project was to provide services, which Allah the Almighty has coupled in the Holy Qur'an with the maintenance of the Grand Mosque, and make a historic and fundamental development to "King Abdul-Aziz Sabeel" established by the late King Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdurrahman Al Saud in 1345H. This report was issued after the death of King Abdullah ibn Abdul-Aziz Al Saud - may he rest in peace - and accession to power of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman ibn Abdul-Aziz Al Saud - may Allah bless him. King Salman was keen to resume and support this project for the service of visitors of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Prophet's Mosque in Medina and the Holy Shrines.
The Project also aims at ensuring the purity of Zamzam water and providing users with easy access to water at a minimal cost through drawing water from its source at the crowded area of the Grand Mosque (Al-Masjid Al-Haram, i.e. the Sacred Mosque in Makkah) to be purified, bottled and distributed using cutting-edge technologies. The purpose is to achieve the protection of this blessed water against pollution after it comes out of the well and ensure its safety, in addition to providing easy access to Zamzam water for residents, visitors, and Hajj pilgrims and Umrah performers.
Since its construction five years ago, KPZW is testimony to the sound vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah ibn Abdul-Aziz – may he rest in peace. It also serves as a fundemental change to the current form of Zamzam water services with the aim to meet the increasing demand on Zamzam water and represents continuous improvement in the services provided for the visitors of the Grand Mosque.
Since it has been made operational, KPZW has produced over 100 million bottles and the number of beneficiaries exceeded 12 million residents, visitors, pilgrims and Umrah performers. KPZW has been equipped with a central automated warehouse with a capacity of 1.5 million bottled water for emergency use or when access to water is difficult at peak times, e.g. during Ramadan and Hajj seasons.
This presents a detailed account of KPZW and the efforts exerted from the day the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah ibn Abdul-Aziz - may he rest in peace - ordered its implementation up to its completion and operation. The Report discusses the components of the project, achievements and service developments. Said service developments include: in 1435H, KPZW started producing 5-litre bottled water, implementing supporting procedures to facilitate access to Zamzam water by pilgrims and Umrah performers, contracting the "Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Charity Association" to pack, transport and ship Zamzam bottled water according to the requirements and specifications of national and international airlines. The purpose was to alleviate the burden suffered by the pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors as well as make the provision of said service on a not-for-profit basis.
May Allah Almighty bestow on the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah ibn Abdul-Aziz, His mercy and forgiveness and make his abode in His spacious gardens for the directives he – may he rest in peace – has issued and for his efforts in establishing this blessed project, to credit his acts to the record of his good deeds, and guide the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman ibn Abdul-Aziz for the best interest of this country and its citizens.
Abbullah ibn Abdulrahman Al-Hussain
Minister of Water and Electricity
Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Water Company