Consulting firm recommends 3 dams for Jordan’s southern valleys

Wadi Al-Mujib dam
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AMMAN — A consulting company, which entered into an agreement with the Jordan Valley Authority last year, has put forth a recommendation for the construction of three dams in the southern valleys of the Kingdom. اضافة اعلان

The recommendation is based on a preliminary study conducted by the company, as stated by Manar Mahasneh, the Secretary-General of the Jordan Valley Authority, on Thursday Mahasneh revealed that the company conducted a preliminary study proposing the construction of three dams in Al-Mujib, Al-Hassa, and Wadi Musa, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

 The primary objective of the proposed dam in Wadi Musa is to safeguard the city of Petra from the ravages of valley floods.

He further explained that upon obtaining approval from the funding entity to modify the study's scope, the company will proceed with conducting comprehensive studies, designing the dams, and preparing the necessary tender documents for their construction.

The detailed studies will assess the projected costs associated with the construction of the dams as well as their individual storage capacities, Mahasneh added.

It is worth noting that a prior preliminary study conducted by the company concluded that the construction of two dams in Wadi Al-Jaram in the north and Wadi Fifa in the south would be "infeasible" due to their current utilization by the Jordan Valley Authority.

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Presently, Jordan is home to a total of 13 dams, according to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation. The storage capacity of the main dams in Jordan has now reached 132.3 million cubic meters, accounting for 47 percent of the total storage capacity of 280.759 million cubic meters.

In comparison, the storage capacity during the same period last year stood at 78 million cubic meters, reflecting a storage rate of approximately 28 percent.

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The Ministry of Water and Irrigation emphasizes that Jordan loses more than half of its drinking water due to water losses, highlighting the critical need for efficient water management in the country.

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