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Saudi Arabia: Producers, Importers Compelled to Specify Water Rationalization Average

Saudi Arabia: Producers, Importers Compelled to Specify Water Rationalization Average

Wednesday, 20 December, 2017 - 11:45
Image used for illustrative purpose An Asian worker carries a water bottle at his accommodation in Qadisiya labour camp, Saudi Arabia August 17, 2016. Picture taken August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Starting the beginning of next year, Saudi Arabia will be demanding that producers and importers specify the water consumption rationalization average in their products.

Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Org. (SASO) Deputy Governor Saud al-Askar announced that the obligatory implementation of the technical list of water rationalizing tools will start on Jan.1 2018.

This came during a news conference for SASO, Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Ministry of Commerce and Investment, Saudi Customs, Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and National Water Company at the headquarters of SASO in Riyadh.

Askar affirmed that the relevant government parties will start with the beginning of next year obliging importers and producers to place a card that shows the average of water consumption rationalization for every product mentioned on the list.

These parties have granted all those concerned an adequate time before the list becomes applicable so that they enjoy the chance to fulfill all demands of the list. In coordination with commerce chambers, SASO held introductory workshops.

Breaching this list would make violators probe to sanctions, said Askar as he urged producers and importers to register soon in the e-system on SASO website.

Undersecretary of Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture for Agricultural Affairs Dr. Faisal al-Subaie pointed out that there is a scarcity in water storage in the kingdom, and this mounts the importance of

rationalizing consumption and reinforces sustainability of natural resources.

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