Agreement expected to help water sector improve monitoring, services

Water ministry, USAID sign $8m agreement
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AMMAN — Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Al-Najjar on Tuesday signed an $8 million-worth cooperation agreement with (USAID) intending to improve the efficiency of water networks funded by USAID, according to Ammon News.اضافة اعلان

At the ceremony, the minister reviewed all the projects funded by USAID that are being implemented to enhance the efficiency of the water network, reduce losses and improve water storage capacity, and stressed the need for enhanced cooperation among all relevant authorities to ensure an efficient completion of work in the sector.

Najjar expressed the Jordanian government’s appreciation for the support provided by the US government, especially USAID, to the water sector, which helps the Kingdom face the challenges it faces.

The renewal of cooperation through the agreement just signed is expected to help implement the ministry’s programs within five years, 2021—2025; to that end, the $8 million from USAID $800,000 will be added from the ministry.

Secretary-General of the Water Authority Bashar Batayneh said that the project would improve the monitoring and control of supply points in the Kingdom governorates by linking the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system of the three water companies with the Jordan Valley Authority.

The project is in line with His Majesty King Abdullah’s directives to use technology to address water challenges, particularly to determine water losses in all parts of the Kingdom.

Batayneh said that the upgraded system would monitor the quantities of water at governorates supply points, underground water, and water in the dams and ensure a more efficient water distribution.

SCADA system will also provide data and reports that support decision-making and setting strategies and will improve the level of services to the Jordanian citizen.

Through the project, the ministry hopes to come up with optimal plans to help it deal with the fluctuating demand.

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