The Saudi Arabian government has banned water use for sanitation, hygiene and medical purposes, in a bid to save the lives of people living in the kingdom, officials have announced.
“We have been instructed to stop water usage and to stop using water for household and commercial purposes.
We are taking this action because we are worried about the effects of the drought on the health and welfare of the population,” said Mohammed al-Makrouei, deputy head of the health department, in the statement.
Water usage for household purposes will be restricted to one cubic metre (2.3 gallons) per person per day for 10 days.
It will be possible to water your lawn at least twice a week.
Medical hygiene, including disinfecting and disinfecting of the hands and mouth, will also be prohibited.
The decree comes after a severe drought hit the kingdom in February, which led to the death of more than 1,400 people and thousands of people being left homeless.
More than 1.3 million people have been affected by the drought, which has led to widespread food shortages and has also affected the supply of water.
The Saudi government has been facing growing pressure from the international community to implement a drought emergency in the country, which was one of the top 10 worst affected by extreme weather in the world last year, according to a United Nations report released in February.