Dams ‘still at less than 50% capacity’ despite recent precipitation

5. Dam Capacity
95 million cubic meters of water have flowed into the Kingdom’s dams since the start of the rainy season. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The recent rainstorms have increased the amount of water storage in dams, but that dams are still less than 50 percent, spokesperson of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Omar Salameh said on Friday, according to a local media outlet.اضافة اعلان

Salameh said that since the start of the rainy season until the most recent rainfall, water quantities in dams amounted to 95 million cubic meters, or 28 percent of capacity compared to 107 million cubic meters stored during the same period of the previous year.

Salameh pointed out that the rainy season did not come to an end yet, voicing hope that dams will continue to fill up with sufficient amounts of water before the end of the season. He confirmed that any quantities of water entering the dams would improve the water situation in Jordan.

Salameh called on citizens to take advantage of the precipitation, store and consume water rationally in light of the continued increase in needs and shortage of supply.  

Water deficit in Jordan amounts to more than 500 million cubic meters per year, Salameh added, and stressed that the Jordan Valley Authority conducts regular maintenance and clean-up campaigns in dams and Jordan is known for its efficient management of the dams.

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