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Attacks on Aramco Plants Highlight Risk to Saudi Water Supply

Nov. 18, 2019, 9:00 PM

The attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil plant in September added urgency to the kingdom’s push to shore up another key vulnerability: water.

The country’s daily water consumption exceeds its storage capacity, and millions of people could go thirsty if the sprawling desalination plants on which the desert nation depends were put out of action. Saudi authorities plan a building spree of reservoirs to ensure security of supply, as well as to manage periodic surges in demand.

The government will seek bids in the first quarter to install new water tanks at major cities, said Amer Al Rajiba, vice president...

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