Arcadis to develop Mecca’s water management project in Saudi Arabia

mecca1Arcadis’ projects in Kingdom include the Makkah Master Plan and the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. (Image source: G.M Farooq/sxc.hu)Built asset design and consultancy firm Arcadis would develop water, wastewater, treated sewage effluent and prepare an asset management master plan for Mecca in Saudi Arabia

Under the 18-month contract, Arcadis is expected to support national water company — Mecca and Taif Business Units (MCBU) — to expand and improve the city’s water supply and service.

Arcadis would prepare a database study of the region’s water and wastewater infrastructure assets; develop an integrated water, wastewater and treated sewage effluent master plan, besides a capital investment plan for 2015 to 2050.

Philip Bourne, director of water sector, Arcadis Middle East said, “The city of Mecca is a focal point of Muslim pilgrims often swelling the population above its base of two million inhabitants to over six million during religious festivals placing significant demands on basic services.

“The water service coverage in Mecca is low — around 65 per cent of the populated area and the wastewater service coverage is less. There is currently not sufficient capacity in the treatment plants to treat the additional flow and load.”

Once completed, the study would aid prepare a master plan to enable future planning of water and wastewater services for over seven million people in the region as well as industrial clients to the year 2050.

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