MPs ready to discuss trilateral water deal

(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Rapporteur of the Agriculture and Water Committee, Najeh Al-Edwan, said that the committee would debate the "declaration of intent" or so-called "energy-for-water deal" on Sunday.اضافة اعلان

Edwan shared that the meetings are expected to last for days, according to local media outlets. He added that experts, including former water ministers like Munther Hadadeen, will join the hearings and that alternative solutions that can be implemented to solve the water crises will be discussed.

Edwan told Ammon news on Saturday that the commission has no position or prior deals and that all ideas will be put on the table during joint and public hearings. He added that the committee will submit its recommendations to the Lower House at the end.

Edwan said that Jordan’s dams' water storage is currently estimated at 80 million cubic meters. In comparison, the annual need is estimated at about 1 billion cubic meters for drinking, agriculture, industry, and other fields.

The water situation in the Kingdom is critical, he said. “We must move quickly to find solutions and stop the bleeding; our water sources are limited, we haven't developed them for many years, and rehabilitation takes many years.”

“The idea of increasing dams’ capacity and implementing the National Water Carrier Project from Aqaba to Amman must be taken into consideration, and we have little time,” he added.

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