JD10m allocated in 2023 budget draft law to reduce water loss

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AMMAN — The 2023 general budget draft law has allocated expenditures for capital projects for the Ministry of Water and Irrigation amounting to JD16.5 million, the largest of which amounts to JD10 million for projects to reduce water loss, which stands at 50 percent in the Kingdom, Khaberni reported Sunday.


The funding is allocated to implement the ministry’s national water loss strategy, which seeks to reduce water waste to less than 25 percent at national level by 2040.


The ministry said that this goal will be achieved through an ambitious program carried out in cooperation with USAID, according to the Ministry of Water, which indicated that by the end of 2022, it will achieve the first goal of reducing water waste by 1 to 2 percent.


It will achieve this through modernizing water networks, tightening controls, and replacing meters in most regions of the Kingdom.


The National Water Loss Strategy 2022–2040 is being updated by the ministry with the support of the Water Sector Governance Project, funded by USAID, which is a roadmap for defining sector priorities and achieving the desired goals, in line with Royal directives to develop a long-term strategy for the water sector to face the growing challenges.


The expenditures allocated to the ministry in next year’s budget also cover a project to enhance and empower women to play a role in the water sector, at a value of JD10,000, and a project to build the capacity to adapt to climate change in Jordan by improving efficiency of water use in the agricultural sector, at a value of JD300,000.


They also include projects to rehabilitate and improve water networks in several governorates.

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