National Water Company (NWC) has announced plans to develop water and environmental projects worth more than SR800 million ($213 million) in the Asir region.

These projects will help serve more than one million beneficiaries of the water and sanitation services in cities, governorates and centres of the region.

Emir of Asir Region Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz laid the foundation stone for 30 environmental and water projects in the region at a key ceremony in his office which was attended by Engineer Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Mohsen Al Fadhley, the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture; Engineer Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Mowkely, the CEO of National Water Company and other senior officials.

The scope of work includes implementation of a transmission line from the water purification plant in The Rona reservoirs, the construction of a water purification plant on the Wadi Tindaha Dam, and the delivery of treated water to Yalla (A) Park at Bisha Governorate, said NWC.

These projects also include water reservoirs in Abha city with a 300,000-cu-m capacity and a new transmission line from the purification plant at Wadi Tabala Dam to the centres of Tabala and Al Thaniya with a total capacity of 5,300 cu m, in addition to a distribution plant for potable water tankers to deliver to more than 20,000 beneficiaries, it added.