Arcadis wins contract for expansion of Makkah water, wastewater and sewage networks

Posted on 9th December 2014

Construction consultancy Arcadis has announced that it has landed a contract to expand water, wastewater and sewage networks for Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah.


The firm will support the Kingdom's National Water Company under an 18-month deal which will see it design a new network and create an asset management plan for maintaining water, wastewater and treated sewage effluent networks around the city, according to news reports in Construction Week Online.

Water sector director Philip Bourne said: “The city of Makkah is a focal point of Muslim pilgrims often swelling the population above its base of 2mn inhabitants to over 6mn 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”.

Arcadis said that its plan will be developed by experts around the world and will boost capacity to cover up to 7mn inhabitants and major industrial clients up to 2050.

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