Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Water & Electricity (MOWE) has completed its 2025 National Water Strategy.

Speaking at the Saudi Water & Electricity Forum in Riyadh on 8 February, Mohammed al-Saud, deputy minister for water at MOWE, said the strategy had been completed in 2015.

Al-Saud said work on a national strategy had first started in 2004, and the completion of the plan in 2015 was an important event for the future of the kingdom’s water sector.

Al-Saud also said the price reforms for water in the kingdom, the first since 1995, marked an important transition for Saudi Arabia’s utilities sector, although he acknowledged more needs to be done.

“The tariff is still lower than the cost of production,” said Al-Saud. “The water tariff will be reformed in the next five years to reflect the cost of production.”