Saudi launches $186m Zamzam project
Riyadh, September 4, 2010
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah opened the SR700 million ($186.6 million) purification station which will supply five million liters of Zamzam water every day to worshippers in Makkah.
The project, which took 30 months for completion, is being complemented by two other schemes aimed at improving the distribution of Zamzam water inside the Haram, said a Arab News report.
The water will be purified every day through two main purification lines, each using a number of filters and a sterilization unit, the report quoted an official as saying.
Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Hussayen said 10 million liters would be stored in a tank, from which water will be pumped to the Grand Mosque through four stainless steel pipes, each with a diameter of 200 millimeters.
Once the Zamzam water is treated and stored, it is automatically pumped to 42 distribution stations. Pilgrims and visitors can obtain 10-liter containers of the water at these points by inserting coins in special machines, he added.