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Environmental Protection: Challenges and Solutions

Amid the unprecedented rate of industrial acceleration in Jubail and Yanbu areas, companies’ ambition is on the rise to reach their full potential, driven by the intense competition in the economic race.

However, environmental protection appears as the pivot link that must be secured in order for these companies to advance and ascend without getting into environmental problems that may deprive them of taking part in the competition.

Accordingly, companies make their future plans, taking advantage of the presence of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu as an environmental legislator that enacts laws regulations that primarily serve environmental protection and help companies to make their future plans in accordance with appropriate environmental standards.

The geographical location of Jubail Industrial City, on the shore of the Arabian Gulf where 40% of the world’s water-borne oil is carried through, constitutes a real challenge for the environmental regulations that aim at protecting the Gulf waters.

Therefore, the Royal Commissions has set many locations for monitoring the Gulf waters through which samples of water are continuously collected at various depths, in addition to collection and analysis of samples of soil.

The regular monitoring helps in giving early indications for any changes in the quality of the water at the long term which allows taking necessary precautions to prevent any expected damages in the future.

The Royal Commission is keen to prevent any negative impacts to reach Gulf waters to ensure the compliance with the specifications set for the waters of the Gulf.

Cooling channels is monitored on a daily basis to ensure the compliance with standards and to prevent any deterioration of the quality water, taking into account the change that may occur due to the increase of temperature for the outlet water that should not exceed more than 10 degrees Celsius comparable with temperature of the inlet water.

Due to our reliance, primarily on the Gulf water desalination, the Royal Commission has developed a mandatory legal body concerning the delivery of drinking water to protect public health that includes assessing and protecting drinking water sources (Gulf waters and groundwater wells) to ensure that the water is handled by qualified and trained team.

In addition to that, the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu is concerned for the safety of networks and distribution of drinking water, and perform a persistent monitoring to the quality of drinking water through the network.

Director of Environmental Protection and Control Department

At the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

Eng. Owayed S. Al-Rashidi

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