Water shortages are a common and severe problem here in Jeddah. With very little annual rainfall, Jeddah’s main water source is the salty water of the Red Sea. Sea water is processed and filtered through an enormous desalination project which removes the salt and various minerals from the water. Unfortunately it is quite an expensive undertaking and requires lots of energy. In oil rich Saudi Arabia, the desalination plants are “duel-purpose” facilities, which produce not only potable water but electric power as well, making the entire effort more cost effective. I read that Saudi Arabia accounts for some 30% of all the world’s total desalinated water, making it the largest producer of desalinated water worldwide. Saudi Arabia has several floating desalination plants located in several areas along the coast of the country with more on order to help ease the water shortage crisis.
The water lines that run through Jeddah don’t always have water in them. At times, our building has run out of water. When this happens, the building caretaker must arrange for a huge water truck to come and fill up the large cistern for the building. This happens more frequently in the hot summer months.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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