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August 1 2021 12:50 PM ˚

‘Everything normal’ says ministry, after water rationing reports

Despite reports on potential changes in the household water distribution system, the ministry says sufficient quantities will reach citizens regularly

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AMMAN — Earlier this week, it was reported that the Jordanian water authority would announce a change in distribution that included a reduction in the hours of supply in some areas of Jordan. اضافة اعلان

This was based on statements made by the secretary general of the Water Ministry Ahmad Al-Uleimat in an interview conducted by Jordan TV.

However, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation spokesperson Omar Salameh told Jordan News that the comments were misinterpreted and this is not exactly the case.

“The quantities of water that we distribute to citizens are enough, every area gets its turn, and we provide them with the amount they need,” said Salameh. “The situation is stable.”

Jordan News previously reported that recent water levels throughout Jordan, where the rainy season was at least 50 percent weaker than last year, affected dam levels and decreased the per capita share of water. This significantly reduced the water occupancy rates of dams across the country.

Yet, the ministry remains committed to distributing water steadily and evenly throughout the Kingdom, they said. “Everything is normal. Sufficient quantities of water reach citizens regularly,” said Salameh.

The ministry is working on projects including digging new wells in several regions, he explained.

For example, the Abu Nseir purification and pumping station project has also been completed, reported Al-Mamlaka TV, and is set to open on Wednesday. This plant reportedly offer a sustainable solution to an environmental problem by pumping and purifying untreated wastewater for potential use and to protect the surrounding ecosystem.

While some households in Jordan reported recent issues regarding water distribution, others have been receiving a steady, weekly flow of water.

Sweileh resident Amani Wahsheh said that her household receives sufficient quantities of water, but a number of her neighbors have had more limited supplies.

“We receive water once a week, on Tuesday,” said Wahsheh in a phone interview with Jordan News. “People around me have been talking about shortages, but I personally have not felt any differences.”

As for Duha Saddam, a resident of Bayader, she told Jordan News that she had heard of potential water shortages but has not yet experienced any changes in her household supply.

Nevertheless, Saddam has taken steps to prepare for any upcoming issues. “When we heard that something might happen, we got some backup water tanks just in case,” she said.


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