The World Health Organization (WHO) says the first nation in the globe to completely eradicate the spread of sewage in its sewage treatment plant will soon become the first in the Western world to do so.
The World Water Foundation (WWF) announced Tuesday it had received the first official application for the project from the Saudi Arabian government.
The wastewater treatment plant in Jeddah is being developed as part of a $1.2 billion deal between the kingdom and the WHO.
The kingdom is the largest supplier of water in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and a key backer of the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
The WWF said it has signed the agreement with Saudi Arabia as part on a long-term cooperation plan with the kingdom.
The project will cover three wastewater treatment plants in Jiddah, Riyadh and Jedda.
It will take about 15 years to complete, and the WWF will work with Saudi Aramco, the government-owned company responsible for construction of the sewage treatment plants, and its local partners.
The Saudi government is also expected to commit to the WFH’s ambitious 2030 2030 goal to improve water quality, as well as its 2030 Clean Development Goals, the WHO said.
It said that by 2030, it will reduce the amount of polluted water from more than 20 billion cubic meters to under 2.5 billion cubic metres by treating wastewater at sewage treatment facilities in Saudi Arabia.
The WFH has pledged to implement a plan for improving water quality in Saudi Aramac.
The project is the first of its kind in the Middle East.
The first country to completely eliminate the spread or increase the level of sewage was Turkey, which completed a wastewater treatment facility in Turkey in 2001.
In 2014, the UN adopted a resolution to reduce the impact of water pollution and improve water access in countries affected by the drought and floods in southern Africa.
The WFH said that it expects the project will be operational by 2020, and that it will continue to provide a continuous source of water to Saudi Arabia and the GCC for the next 20 years.
The WHO is an independent international organization which works to promote and protect human health.