Promoting Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Water reclamation and reuse has become an important worldwide total water management topic as the limitations of freshwater resources have come into sharp focus. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), potable water is produced from either non- or very slowly renewable water resources such as groundwater, or capital- and energy-intensive seawater desalination. The KSA also lacks sufficient water and wastewater treatment capacity to meet future demands. In response, the KSA is developing reclaimed water sources to help meet future demands. Key public and private KSA organizations are working in partnership to expand the application of reclaimed water. Among these are the National Water Company (NWC), the Ministry of Water and Electricity (MOWE), and the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) Industry Collaboration Program (KICP). These organizations have been responsible for actions to promote reuse in the KSA, highlighted in Figure 1, and will oversee and promote the implementation process to meet the aggressive new goals.

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