Water Quality in Saudi Arabia

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Water tower in Riyadh

1) Most of the water in KSA is desalinated water. The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) operates 27 desalination stations that produce more than three million cubic meters a day of potable water. These plants provide more than 70 percent of the water used in cities, as well as a sizeable portion of the needs of industry. They are also used for electric power generation. An expanding source of water is the use of recycled water. The Kingdom aims to recycle as much as 40 percent of the water used for domestic purposes in urban areas. To this end, recycling plants have been built in Riyadh, Jeddah and other major urban industrial centers. Recycled water is used for irrigation of farm fields and urban parks. (Don’t get worried or annoyed you see sprinklers used in parks – it’s only recycled water.)

2) Water in Saudi Arabia contains added fluoride at 0.7ppm.

3) I recommend adding a water filter tap. We brought us locally from Samnan in Riyadh.

4) The water filter tap starts at 800 SAR. Samnan has a wide range of taps to suit your needs. Installation of the filter costs about 300 SAR. Filters will need to be replaced yearly (or sooner) depending on your usage.

5) We also use shower head filter for the guest houses. We ordered these from Amazon.

6) For drinking or cooking water needs, I suggest a Berkey filter. It’s better to order online since the local market only has a limited range of sizes.

7) If you’re experiencing hair fall after moving to KSA, I suggest looking into your copper-zinc balance, using bottled/filtered water to wash your hair and adding maca root to your diet. Often, hair fall can occur because of the stress of moving to a new climate, and this can take a while to show up.

Forgive me for not writing in detail. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

2 responses to “Water Quality in Saudi Arabia

  1. Hello -thank you for all the information. You said you have bought your tap filter from Samnan ( would you be so kind to share which model?) – do you use a Berkeley filter or that one? How do you buy from them – do they have a showroom somewhere?

    • Hi Pauli,
      Apologies for the late reply. If you go to Samnan on Takhasussi Street, you can see all the water filters they sell. We have the undersink 5 stage filteration systems for all the sinks. The reverse osmosis water is mainly used for cooking. The berkeley filter takes the reverse osmosis water and filters it once more. We then have another system that adds trace minerals back to the water. It might seem like a lot to do for water, but we have a large household, so compared to buying refiltered tap water as bottle water, this is more efficient for us. Best wishes, Sarah

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