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Stainless steel tanks to replace Zamzam plastic containers

Volunteers of Zamzam Water Department in the Grand Mosque of Makkah distribute bottles of Zamzam among pilgrims on Sunday. (SPA)

Source : Saudi Arabia / 25 Apr 2014

Authorities at the Grand Mosque at Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque at Madinah will soon replace plastic water dispensers with stainless steel tankers in a bid to keep Zamzam water supplies sterile and cool for pilgrims ahead of the scorching summer months, said Maher Al-Zahrani, director of the Zamzam Water Division at the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs.

Authorities have stepped up efforts to make Zamzam water more accessible to pilgrims amid ongoing expansion works.

“The new stainless steel tanks will initially be introduced in the Grand Mosque area in the first phase, then gradually installed in other areas,” said Al-Zahrani.

“The new water tankers are produced from the highest caliber of heat and corrosion-resistant stainless steel.”

The 316 type of stainless steel is considerably more resistant to sulphuric acid and other harmful chemicals that can be released in high temperatures.

In fact, the existence of high-quality stainless steel is a prerequisite in the manufacture of certain pharmaceuticals in order to avoid excessive metallic contamination.

Zamzam water was distributed in portable 9.5-liter tanks last month that are specially designed to combat and kill bacteria.

 

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