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Urban Water Sustainability For Yanbu Industrial City


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E. M. Qaisaran & A. A. Al-Qurashi


Yanbu Industrial City (YIC) is known as a new, modern, and heavy industrial urbanization. For that reason the need for new urban water sustainability is probably more evident than in other cities. YIC has been a utility island, selfcontained and unconnected to any regional power or water systems. Water sustainability has become a top policy discussion to maintain or enhance all natural and urban elements’ growth without compromising the future. YIC where urban areas, their economies and industries are expected to grow rapidly over the next few decades and where natural resource use and environmental quality are already raising grave concerns. Fortunately, Royal Commission Leaders have responded to the challenge by making urban water sustainability development a high priority. The Royal Commission at Yanbu has addressed and overcome many challenges to balance the never ending water sustainability by implementing the integration of all aspects of infrastructure work including: water desalination and distribution, seawater cooling, wastewater treatment industrial sewer), reclaimed water network (fire fighting), sanitary wastewater treatment, irrigation water network and environmental monitoring programs which include ambient monitoring which helps to ensure industries’ compliance with environmental regulations and standards, and provides baseline data for use in trend predictions and planning strategies. In addition to ambient monitoring which covers meteorology; air, ground-water, seawater quality; marine and terrestrial ecosystems. YIC’s goal of urban water sustainability is to \“meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”