Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil producer, approved $132 million of water and sanitation projects across the kingdom, state-owned Saudi Press Agency said, citing Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen.
Twenty-two projects given the green light include water-treatment plants, pumping stations, reservoirs and the continued buildout of water and sewage networks throughout the Arab world’s largest economy, SPA said.
The projects that include works in Hafr al-Baten, Najran, Buraidah and Jazan are part of King Abdullah’s orders “to provide all the necessary services to every citizen” as demand for water increases, according to the report. Saudi Arabia is already the biggest desalinated water producer, serving the energy industry and a population that’s quadrupled in 40 years.
In January, Al-Hussayen said $6.4 billion had been allocated for water and sanitation projects in 2013.