Desalinating Red Sea water best solution to maintain water security — Zoubi

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AMMAN  — Head of the Senate’s Agriculture and Water Committee, Akef Zoubi, on Wednesday called for establishing a Red Sea water desalination plant.اضافة اعلان

Speaking at a meeting with water expert, Sa’ad Abu Hammour, to discuss Jordan’s water situation, Zoubi went over solutions and alternatives to overcome the water crisis, foremost was a proposal to establish a Red Sea water desalination plant, the cost per cubic meter globally, and project cost estimates.

He said that Jordan was a semi-arid country and does not have many water sources, adding that water demand is constantly increasing, especially in the capital Amman and the major governorates, adding that the best solution to maintain water security in Jordan is to desalinate Red Sea water.

For his part, Abu Hammour said solutions to Jordan’s long standing water crisis are not easy. Climate change, reliance on rain water, weak seasonal rains, and limited water resources are the reasons behind this crisis, he said, calling for setting up an “independent supreme national authority” to manage Jordan’s water resources.

The cost of the seawater desalination project is estimated at about $2.5 to $3 billion to treat 300 million cubic meters per year, Abu Hammour said.
He pointed to the importance of working to reduce water loss at the national level, as it represents a quick fix to the water crisis.

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