Water International
Volume 10, Issue 4, 1985, Pages 151-155  


Potential of water development in Saudi Arabia.

Farooq, S.Show author details, Al-Layla, R.I.Show author details Correspondence address

Civil Engineering University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia



Presents the state-of-the-art concerning the development, conservation, and reuse of waters within the Kingdom. The main conventional water resources are non-renewable and renewable groundwater of 3450 million m3, and 1145 million m3, respectively. A conservation committee in Dhahran has been formed to conserve and reuse the water for beneficial purposes. Water quality standards and criteria for water reuse have been developed. The religious implications of the use of treated wastewater have been examined and the use of recycled water after proper treatment has been approved for all religious and mundane purposes. Finally, an outline is given of various ongoing reuse projects in the Kingdom with the objective of obtaining 15% of total water demand through recycling by the year 2000. -from Authors