Network and billing problems put new Saudi water price rises on ice

Problems with piping, metering and billing have put a halt to the Kingdom’s much-needed, but controversial, water tariff restructuring plans. With further consumer price rises off the cards for now, improving network efficiency will be a priority.

Saudi Arabia has frozen its plans for water tariff rises and is hurriedly rolling out a programme of water and wastewater network improvements, after inefficiencies in the system stymied attempts to control demand and raise more revenue through increased water prices.

Under the national economic turnaround plan devised by McKinsey and introduced in 2016, the Kingdom plans to eliminate utility...

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