Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC) has announced it will invest SR2bn ($533m) in 30 water infrastructure projects in the Western Province city of Taif over the next 21 months.

The investment is part of a larger NWC programme to spend SR5.5bn on 60 new water and sewage schemes in the Mecca province. Recent contract awards in Mecca’s water sector include the SR127m deal to build pipelines in Batha Quraish and Awali,and the SR136m contract to expand a water treatment plant in West Mecca. Other planned projects in the region’s water and wastewater sectors include the construction of new networks, sub-networks and sewage lines, as well as repair and rehabilitation of existing networks.

To meet rising demand, NWC is planning total capital expenditure of SR50bn on water and wastewater infrastructure schemes between 2013 and 2017, which includes total investment of SR34bn in 2014. The projects have been designed to meet NWC’s strategic water targets, which include increasing water storage capacity to 43 million cubic metres by 2030 and increasing treated sewage effluent (TSE) production to 6.3 million cubic metres a day (cm/d) by 2032, almost three times the level recorded in 2012.

In January, NWC invited consultants to submit bids for a water consultancy contract in the city of Medina.