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Saudi Arabia Sets Sights On 100% Wastewater Reuse

By Sara Jerome

11“Over $66 billion in long-term capital investments have been committed for water and sanitation projects in the Kingdom in the next 10 years, while the government aims to achieve 100 percent reuse of wastewater from cities with 5,000 inhabitants or more by 2025,” the Saudi Gazette reported.

Overall, “Saudi Arabia aims to reuse over 65 percent of its water by 2020 and over 90 percent by 2040 by transforming its existing and planned wastewater treatment assets into source water suppliers across all sectors. Valued at over $4.3 billion by Global Water Intelligence, the Kingdom’s water reuse market is the third largest in the world,” the report said.

According to a report by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, significant water challenges are looming over Saudi Arabia’s future.

Water Authority Warns Counties against Claiming Ownership of Water Sources

WaterThe Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA) has warned counties and communities against claiming ownership of rivers in their localities. WRMA said this was intended to ensure there are no conflicts over water resources in the country.

WRMA Chief Executive Officer Eng.Philip Olum, said water resources were a government function, adding that it was against the law for counties and communities to claim ownership of rivers and other water sources.

50 Million Nigerians Lack Access to Water – Minister

Eng. Suleiman AdamuEng. Suleiman AdamuAbuja — About 50 million Nigerians lack access to water, Eng. Suleiman Adamu, Water Resources Minister, has said.

He, however, stated that his administration was projecting year 2030 as the period to supply water to all.

Briefing Journalists in Abuja, after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa yesterday, Adamu hinted that his Ministry would at the National Council on Water Resources meeting next week unveil in detail a programme aimed at realizing total water supply, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, SGDs, of the United Nations.

sierra leoneSierra Leone
Garbage Takes Over Portee Junction

A woman waits for customers in a FreetownA woman waits for customers in a Freetown marketJust after a short rain recently, Portee Junction, in the east end part of the city, became a sea of garbage, causing massive traffic jam, with some motorists being forced to divert to the old road.

Consequently, residents of the densely populated district have called on the Freetown City Council (FCC) and private waste management company, Masada, to clear the pile of dirt from the street.

According to a resident whose house is located very close to the main highway, Alie Sesay, the community lacks proper drainages, while some residents are in the habit of throwing garbage on the street whenever it rains.

SASouth Africa
Minister Nomvula Mokonyane Notes Remarkable Water Supply Improvements

Ms Nomvula MokonyaneMs Nomvula MokonyanePress Release

The broad vision of the National Development Plan is to ensure that by 2030, all South Africans have affordable access to safe and sufficient water and decent sanitation to live healthy and dignified lives.

3, 008, 202 people have been affected by drought in the North West Province. This includes 809, 154 households and 1 118 settlements. Some of the municipalities affected by maladministration have improved since Minister of Water and Sanitation, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane gave a directive to Magalies Water and Sedibeng Water to turn the water situation around, as well as implement critical drought measures and long term solutions for water emergencies.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2