|Source: KSA Centre for Government Communications. Zamzam water for pilgrims in Makkah.|
To meet the ever-increasing demands for Zamzam water, the Saudi Geological Survey has set up a Zamzam Studies and Research Centre (ZSRC), which is charged with keeping Zamzam water both clean and plentiful.
Electric pumps draw water from the well, which is located within the Al-Haram Mosque. The water is filtered through a series of sand filters and cartridge filters, and then sterilized by ultraviolet (UV) irradiation at these treatment plants before distribution to consumers.
Today, water of Zamzam is available to the public through coolers stationed throughout the Al-Haram Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. A bottling plant and public distribution centre have been established just outside the Al-Haram mosque for visitors who want to carry Zamzam water home. Some pilgrims dip their pilgrimage clothes, ihram, in the water. The ihram is then preserved as burial clothes when the pilgrim dies.
The General Affairs of the Holy Mosque has set up 25,000 dispensers for Zamzam water around Makkah. These are refilled within the hour to refresh pilgrims.
|Source: General Authority for Statistics, KSA, via the KSA Centre for Government Communications. A dispenser of Zamzam water.|