70% of water losses are caused by theft — former water minister

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AMMAN — Former minister of water and irrigation Hazem Al-Nasser said that “about 70 percent of the water losses are due to water theft”, Khaberni reported.اضافة اعلان

He praised the Aqaba Water Company, which, according to him, successfully reduced water losses by 28 percent, and criticized the Yarmouk Water Company performance.

At the same time, he said that the issue of deep ground water was dealt with superficially, without broad strategic thinking, and with no due consideration given to a project that could supply the Kingdom with drinking water.

He added that groundwater is key to providing drinking water to Jordanians, pointing out that resorting to it would be less expensive than investing in the envisaged National Water Carrier project.

He also warned that if Jordan wishes to acquire any amount of water from Israel, it must generate an equal quantity locally, stressing that there is a political cost to the project.

Speaking on Al-Mamlaka TV, Nasser said that if he were a decision maker now, he would conduct a quick survey to find out whether citizens wish to have the water bill issued every month or every three months, as now.

“I think that Jordanians prefer the three-month bill, because 78 percent of households get a bill of less than JD20 for three months,” he said.

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