Jordan is deprived of 40% of water owed by Syria and Israel –expert

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A general photo of the King Talal dam. Jordan is currently the second-most water-scarce country in the world. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Kingdom is being deprived of 40 percent of the water it should receive from Syria and Israel under international agreements, said Saad Abu Hammour, president of the Miyahuna board of directors, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

Abu Hammour, a former prime ministerial advisor, called for restructuring the water and irrigation sector, establishing a water resource committee along the lines of other countries, and expanding water harvesting projects to the highest level in a speech on Sunday to the Risk Management Committee of the Engineers Association.

He stated the importance of reviewing the international agreements with Syria and Israel, and for a national project to improve and compensate for water loss through cooperation with civil society and relevant experts, both foreign and local.

Jordan is currently the second-most water-scarce country in the world. The most important reasons for this scarcity are the lack of water sources, the absence of strategic projects necessary for supplying water, and the effects of climate change that Jordan has witnessed in recent years, according to Abu Hammour.

The diversion of the Jordan River estuaries and the construction of dams has led the Dead Sea to shrink, he pointed out, especially after the suspension of work on the Red-Dead Canal, which was meant to supply the Dead Sea with additional water.

Abu Hammour called for creating a ready-to-execute plan for supplying Jordan with water and speeding up the National Water Conveyance Project, in order to obtain 300 million cubic meters of water.

The symposium at the Engineers Association was titled “Droughts, Dams, and the Water Crisis.” It dealt with topics including Jordan’s dam infrastructure, the impact of climate change on water supplies, rain forecasts in the current season, and emergency plans for flooding, dam collapse, and drought.

For his part, Engineers Association president Ahmad Samara Al-Zu’bi said that the association is ready to establish a Red Sea desalination project, in order to replace the declaration of intent signed between Jordan, the UAE, and Israel. Under that agreement, Israel would provide Jordan with water in exchange for Jordan providing Israel electricity. 

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