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Turmoil in Saudi water sector as country runs dry

Turmoil in Saudi water sector as country runs dry
Saudi Arabia could run out of water in the next 20 years after decades of mismanagement of domestic resources

Middle East Eye | 10 Jul 2016
Kieran Cooke

Saudi Arabia could run out of water in the next 20 years after decades of mismanagement of domestic resources
Middle East watchers are familiar with the considerable financial problems facing Saudi Arabia as oil prices continue to drag along the bottom and the country’s budget deficit balloons.
Less well scrutinized is a potentially far bigger crisis unfolding in the desert kingdom’s vital water sector.
Government policy aimed at removing large subsidies on water use in order to tackle the serious state of public finances has met with a storm of protest on social media.
There have been widespread complaints over the implementation of a new water metering scheme brought in at the beginning of the year, in particular serious billing errors. Some residents complain their water charges have risen from a few dollars to several thousand.

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