Expatriates and citizens have complained that water shortage has returned to parts of Jeddah.
"I had no one to bring water from the distribution center to my home, so I had to go myself at around noon and spend two hours in line only to be told I should come back after Maghreb prayer," Hoida Al-Husseini, a Saudi mother of five told Arab News.
She said water shortages during the summer months, especially Ramadan when people are in vital need of water to prepare food at a set time, is unacceptable. She added that she had to haggle with administrators before being given a ticket to get a tanker.
Another citizen complained that residents are still having to go to the distribution center to bring water trucks to their homes even after water pipes were laid throughout the city.
"It is almost daily that one reads in local papers that millions of riyals have been spent by Saudi authorities to fund water projects in Jeddah. One can see the streets being destroyed in order to lay pipelines, yet I am still standing in line to get a water truck," Bandar Al-Ghamdi said.
He added that he had originally sent his "haris" (janitor) for water earlier in the day but was told that daytime water supply was being distributed to Saudis and that non-Saudis would be served at night.