(MENAFN - Arab News) Adel Bushnaq, chairman of the Saudi Water and Power Forum, has revealed that there are ways to efficiently make use of humidity in the air to produce fresh water in the Kingdom.
"The new technology can produce water in areas where water supplies are scarce; even in the desert. The water produced can be used to water plantations spread across vast areas in the Kingdom," said Bushnaq.
The chairman said that the only difficulty facing the implementation of the technology lies in tracing the cloud itself in order to condense it. "Once the cloud is tracked, receptive devices will produce rainfall," he said.
He said that this approach is cost-effective and allows the government to produce rainfall in valleys and then store the water for later use.
"This technology represents a promising investment opportunity for Saudi Arabia in view of the massive growth in population that the country is witnessing," he said, adding that the current rate of water consumption in the Kingdom is not sustainable.
"The daily consumption per capita in the Kingdom is 300 liters, which is three times higher than in other countries," he said.
Bushnaq called on authorities to put a ceiling price on water consumption to rationalize the utilization of the natural resource.
In a related development, a study that was recently discussed at the Riyadh Economic Forum warned that underwater resources in the Kingdom are expected to run out within the next 45 to 99 years.