Saudi Arabia has approved 824 million riyals ($220 million) of water and sanitation projects across the kingdom, state-owned Saudi Press Agency reported, citing Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen.
The 32 contracts include the construction of pumping stations, sewage systems and plants, including a water feeder line in Qassim province valued at 278 million riyals, SPA said. Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil producer, is also the largest producer of desalinated water.
Saudi Arabia spent $1.1 billion last year on 128 water and sanitation contracts just in the capital Riyadh. In January, Al- Hussayen said $6.4 billion had been designated for water and sanitation projects in 2013. The ministry has listed 160 water projects around the kingdom this year on its official website.
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