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Saudi Arabia raises business water tariff by 50%

Water tariffs are to rise by 50% for government bodies and large businesses in Saudi Arabia.03 Nov 2015

The country's Ministry of Water and Electricity announced that the increase will come into play on 16 December, Arab News reported.

Two tariffs have been developed, one for organisations who use only water, and one for those who also use sanitation services. Both will be measures using water meters, with a charge for 9 riyals (US$2.40) per cubic meter for users of both services and 6 riyals per cubic meter for just water, Arab News said.

Residential houses will be exempt from the charges, and the changes are not expected to affect citizens, the ministry told Arab News.

Sanitation infrastructure will be improved, to reduce water waste, the news site said.

Water is an increasing issue in the Middle East, and the GGC region is expected to increase its  seawater desalination capacity by nearly 40% by 2020 to meet the growing demand for drinking water.

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