Ministry, USAID ink agreement to reduce water loss

(Photo: Ministry of Water and Irrigation)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the USAID Water Resources and Environment Office signed a Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement for the third phase of a water loss reduction project at a cost of $26 million — of which $20 million is being contributed by USAID and $6 million by the Jordan Water Company, Miyahuna.اضافة اعلان

Under the agreement, a series of water loss reduction works will be implemented in areas of Amman, Zarqa, and Salt, starting with the replacement of 130,000 water meters. The project will also work to strengthen partnerships with the private sector, enhance leak detection processes, and develop technical services and the capacities of personnel, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Al-Najjar highlighted some of the challenges faced by the water sector, including climate change and the decline in available potable water sources due to poor rainfall.

The sector, he said has an ambitious plan to reduce water losses after updating the national strategy to stipulate reducing water loss by 1-2 percent annually, to reach 25 percent by 2040. The agreement aims to meet water loss objectives for the next four years, he said, expressing appreciation for USAID's efforts to support the Jordanian government.