Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil producer, approved $105 million of water and sanitation works across the kingdom, the state-owned Saudi Press Agency said, citing Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen.
The 22 projects include reservoirs, water-treatment plants and pumping stations throughout the Arab world’s largest economy, including in Hail and Mecca, SPA said. Saudi Arabia is already the biggest desalinated water producer, serving a population that’s quadrupled in 40 years and its energy industry.
In January, Al-Hussayen said $6.4 billion had been allocated for water and sanitation projects in 2013. Saudi Arabia spent $1.1 billion last year on 128 water and sewage contracts just in the capital Riyadh. The ministry has 405 water projects nationwide listed this year on its official website.
--Editors: Randall Hackley, Amanda Jordan