2000 News Story

Kingdom to observe 'International Water Day'

Along with the other five member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Saudi Arabia will observe tomorrow International Water Day under this year's slogan of "Water for the 21st Century".  Tomorrow and for the next week the GCC states will highlight the motto: "Drinking water is limited: rationalize its consumption". For the last few years, the Ministry of Agriculture and Water has been making tremendous efforts to halt depletion of the Kingdom's ground water resources, by promoting crops that require less water, discontinuing the issuance of farming permits for crops such as fodder and barley, and installing water meters on all water wells used for agricultural purposes.