Arcadis creates water and wastewater infrastructure master plan for Makkah
Natural and built asset design and consultancy Arcadis has been awarded a contract in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to develop a water, wastewater, treated sewage effluent and an asset management master plan for the region of Makkah. Under the 18-month deal, Arcadis will support National Water Company (MCBU) by Royal Decree for Development of the Holy City of Makkah by expanding and improving the city's water supply and service.
Arcadis will prepare a database study of the water and wastewater infrastructure assets; develop an integrated water, wastewater and treated sewage effluent master plan; and prepare a capital investment plan for 2015 to 2050.
The team will work closely with National Water Company to develop the most progressive plan to fit His Highness King Abdullah’s vision of 2050. Once completed, the study will provide 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. As part of the study, emergency works will also be contemplated.
Philip Bourne, water sector director - Middle East at Arcadis, said: “The city of Makkah 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 Makkah is low – around 65% 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.”
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