House water committee to visit Syria for talks on water needs

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AMMAN — Chair of the Lower House Water and Agriculture Committee, Muhammad Al-Alaqmeh said he will head a delegation to Syria for talks on providing Jordan with its water needs in the summer of this year, according to Jo24. اضافة اعلان

 Alaqmeh added that the committee has addressed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi to carry out the necessary diplomatic arrangements for the visit, indicating that “the committee will knock every door to solve the water crisis in the Kingdom”.

Alaqmeh added that the current rainfall season remains low and that dams have filled up to a mere 45 percent of its capacity.  He said Jordan’s dams can take up to 366 million cubic meters at best, but that this figure would drop to 250 million cubic meters after crossing out Al-Karamah dam and extracting the amount of sediment buildup in the dams due to lack of maintenance.

Alaqmeh said subsequent governments have not devised a proper water strategy to deal with Jordan’s water situation, which remains critical.  He said the committee will communicate with neighboring countries to provide the Kingdom with its water needs pending the start of the Water Conveyance Project, and the construction of new dams, as per the committee’s recommendation.

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