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Environment & Energy | Monday 3 June, 2024 10:40 am |

NWC announces its readiness for Hajj season 1445H with an operational plan that provides +3 million m3 of water storage

The National Water Company (NWC) announced the completion of its operational and technical plan to manage the water and environmental services sectors in Makkah and the holy sites in preparation for the Hajj season 1445H.


 The company confirmed its readiness to implement its operational plan to receive this year's pilgrims early.  NWC has been working to improve the services provided and raise the level of readiness to achieve the aspirations of the wise leadership, may God protect them, to utilize all capabilities and provide all water and environmental services to the pilgrims and enable them to perform their rituals with ease and comfort.


"We have worked from early on to develop plans and strategies and learn from previous lessons to improve the level of services provided to pilgrims and focus on providing the necessary quantities of water that will be distributed and pumped to Makkah and the holy rites during the Hajj season. The operational and strategic storage volumes exceeded 3.2 million cubic meters, with an average daily pumping volume of more than 750,000 cubic meters to Makkah and the holy sites, and an average pumping volume of more than one million cubic meters per day on the day of Arafa and the days of Eid Al-Adha. Qualified national cadres with more than 2000 employees will implement the plan," the company said. 


NWC said it has recently implemented 10 water and environment projects in Makkah and the holy sites at a cost of more than 158 million Saudi riyals. The company has done this to develop infrastructure, support water supply, increase the efficiency of networks in Makkah and the holy sites, and increase the capacity of sewage lines. This is to ensure the provision of the best services to the guests of God. NWC pointed out that it is using smart technologies to manage the water system. during the Hajj season, where operations in Makkah and the holy sites are monitored through the control rooms of the SCADA system.  


The company showed that the pumping of water would continue around the clock in the Grand Mosque and the central area, along with continuing to pump water to all the districts of Makkah served by water networks at a rate of 21 hours a day.  In addition, NWC is operating the company's filling stations (Ashyab) in Makkah at full capacity to meet the needs of tankers for residents of districts without water networks during the season. The company brought out that the central laboratory is equipped with the latest modern international technologies to ensure the quality of the water provided to the guests of God. It pointed out that there are fixed and mobile laboratories in the holy sites that conduct laboratory tests on the samples collected by the field teams from the main water sources, operational and strategic reservoirs, and water networks in the holy sites and Makkah in order to ensure the quality of water. NWC stressed that its team includes qualified and specialized national staff who conduct more than 4100 laboratory tests per day during the Hajj season.


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