Kingdom launches nationwide campaign to protect water sources

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation, in collaboration with the Water Authority, the Ministry of Interior, the General Security Directorate, and with support from the Jordanian Judicial Council, has initiated a nationwide awareness campaign aimed at countering attacks on water sources and supply networks across the Kingdom. The comprehensive campaign seeks to educate the public about the official endeavors undertaken by various state entities to tackle infringements and assaults on water rights over a period of three months.اضافة اعلان

Addressing attacks on water pipelines
Omar Salama, the Assistant Secretary-General of the Water Authority and spokesperson for the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, emphasized the pressing need for collective action to address the problem of attacks on water pipelines. He noted that the nation is currently grappling with a substantial decline in available water quantities and an escalating demand, Jfra news reported.

Salama stressed, "Regardless of the extensive efforts exerted by the state in securing new water sources and maintaining networks and pipelines, attacks on water infrastructure undermine supply programs and have a direct impact on water distribution to different regions. This ultimately affects citizens, as it disrupts their access to water during the distribution cycles."

Jordan's annual water requirements are estimated at 1.5 billion cubic meters for various purposes, while the current water supply stands at 1.2 billion cubic meters, resulting in a water deficit of 400 million cubic meters. The campaign aims to instill national awareness to combat such detrimental behaviors.

Causes of the water deficit
The water deficit in Jordan is attributable to both natural causes, such as climate change, and other factors, including population growth through natural means and forced migration.

The recurrent attacks on water sources and networks result in the loss of millions of cubic meters of water annually, contributing to increased economic costs and burdening the state financially. Securing one cubic meter of water costs approximately 2.40 piasters from the state's treasury.

The national campaign has received the support of the Jordanian Judicial Council, which underscores that any actions related to water, such as selling, transporting, using, or exploiting it in a manner that causes harm, subject the perpetrators to imprisonment and fines. Over the period of 2020 to 2022, specialized courts issued more than ten judicial rulings against individuals who attacked water sources, with penalties ranging from one year of imprisonment to fines. Moreover, the perpetrators are required to bear the costs of repairing the damage caused.

Colonel Amer Al-Sartawi, the official spokesperson for the General Security Directorate, affirmed that combating attacks on water sources necessitates the active participation of all members of society. He stressed the importance of promptly reporting incidents and cultivating a sense of responsibility among individuals to tackle this pressing challenge.

Tareq Al-Majali, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, further elucidated that unauthorized drilling of groundwater wells, as per Article 30 of the Water Authority Law, carries penalties that may include imprisonment for up to one year and a fine of not less than JD1,000 for each individual involved.

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