“We plan to spend $37bn on capital projects and $17 billion on operating the network,” he said.
A further $40bn will be spent in the water desalination sector, said Al-Musallam.
The ministry is also studying a new water tariff structure.
“We are submitting a new tariff to the cabinet. It will take one-two years to do. It is very important to prepare the different stakeholders for the change,” al-Musallam told MEED’s Wastewater Treatment & Reuse 2007 conference.