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Dead in the Sand? Saudi Arabia Running Out of Water

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Saudi Arabia may suffer a major environmental disaster within the next thirty years as the kingdom’s unsustainable and extravagant use of water is rapidly depleting the country's nonrenewable groundwater reserves, Business Insider news portal reported.

"Saudi Arabia is facing a catastrophe if agricultural practices don't change. The remaining groundwater needs to be preserved," Business Insider quoted Ali al-Takhees, the former undersecretary of the Saudi ministry of agriculture, as saying.

Al-Takhees said that Saudi Arabia is running through its groundwater at a perilous rate and if this practice continues at a present rate, could soon lead to a nationwide drought and a social catastrophe.

Saudis on average consume much more water than residents of the water-rich Europe.

Saudi residents drink more than double the amount of water each day than those in the European Union.

Some experts warn that if the existing patterns of water consumption do not change the country’s groundwater could run out already within the next 13 years.

Many water reservoirs in central Saudi Arabia have already turned into sand pits.

To curb the use of water in the country, the government is now taxing its citizens for water use, Business Insider wrote.

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  • cast235
    Sell it all to Russia. Russia goes and DO get water in.
  • Saudi residents drink more than double the amount of water each day than those in the European Union.
    Water is for drinking. What about all the westerners watering lawns and washing cars? I hardly consider drinking water in a desert environment an extravagant use of water.
  • rvmg
    Their water consumption %20 less then Australia which has a similar climate.

    Maybe they don't have the means to solve the problem but they do have the money and lots of it

    They can simply construct desalination plants to foreign companies all over the coastal areas and dump the excessive salt in to the desert. Problem solved.
  • siberianhusky
    This should be a no brainer for those towel heads. The got all the energy they want or need so just build gigantic RO (reverse osmosis) plants or do it the old fashioned way by evaporation (boiling and get the salt free water).

    But they will buy more stuff from the MIC before they will do that and they are to stupid to do it themselves and Haliburton will get the Billion dollar contract for that. Mission accomplished for Zionton and Wall Street.
  • Mitach2002
    I could care less about Saudi Arabia.
  • vendorin reply toMitach2002(Show commentHide comment)
    Mitach2002, why do I think you share my thoughts :)
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