Jordan participates in World Water Week, showcases solutions

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Al-Waleh Dam. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation, in collaboration with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), participated in the activities of World Water Week 2023 hosted by the Swedish capital, Stockholm.اضافة اعلان

World Water Week 2023 is held from August 20th to 24th, with two discussion sessions focusing on the Jordanian experience in promoting water awareness under the theme "Together for Awareness" and the use of treated water in the Arab region, as well as challenges and opportunities under the theme "Every Drop Counts," Al-Mamlaka News reported.

Educating citizens about water conservation
Deputy secretary-general of the Water Authority, Omar Salama discussed the general water situation in Jordan and the challenges it faces, such as water scarcity, limited water resources, and the Syrian refugee crisis, which has increased water demand, resulting in an annual per capita water allocation of 61 cubic meters for all uses. This constitutes 3 percent of the global health share, according to the UN.

He highlighted the role of the water sector in educating citizens about water conservation methods, changing consumption behavior for drinking water, and promoting water harvesting projects in all provinces, especially in areas with low rainfall. He also emphasized the importance of educating citizens about the significance of constructing rainwater collection reservoirs and their utilization, as well as addressing attacks on water and sanitation networks.

Sewage treatment in Jordan
In the second session, deputy secretary-general of the Water Authority, Wael Al-Dwairi, provided a detailed explanation of the development of sewage treatment in Jordan, the use of treated water in agriculture as a sustainable source, and the achievement of saving fresh water for drinking by treating 200 million cubic meters last year for irrigation over around 24,000 dunams. He placed Jordan at the forefront in the Arab region in terms of water reuse.

Dwairi presented the relentless efforts to place Jordan on the map of leading countries in water reuse over the years, adapting to climate change, and partnering with the private sector to expand the number of crops irrigated with treated water through the qualification of 29 stations according to the highest specifications and standards.

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