Najjar discusses plan projects to address water loss

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AMMAN Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Al-Najjar said on Sunday that the ministry’s plan to address water challenges includes fast-tracking the implementation of water network replacement projects and enhancing the network’s capacity.اضافة اعلان

The ministry hopes to decrease network-related losses by 2 percent annually through these reforms. Currently, 50 percent of the water pumped into networks is lost. He added that this is a “huge” challenge facing Jordan’s water sector.

The goal, the minister said, is to reach levels that do not exceed 25 percent by 2040.

He added that the water loss situation is impacted by the constantly depleting water resources and the impact of climate change, the decline in rainy seasons, and the hike in population numbers.

The water loss plan, which forms a major part of the National Water Strategy for 2022–2040, is an “ambitious” program to reduce water loss by 2 percent annually. The plan will implement projects worth about $350 million and is funded by the USAID, he said.

The projects will also be 10 percent financed by the government.

The plan aims to restructure and improve networks and carry out administrative, technical, and technological measures to improve water supply efficiency. It also aims to improve distribution, reduce losses gradually, and switch to pumping with a natural flow, which saves energy and maintenance costs, he said.

This process also extends the lifetime of networks and control systems and expands programs to protect water sources and reduce attacks by improving the monitoring campaign, he said.

Najjar added that the project aims to reduce water losses by offering successive parallel projects in various regions of the Kingdom and through multiple stages.

He noted that these projects began in Amman through the Jordan Water Company, Miyahuna, with a value of $30 million.

Under this project, operations will expand to cover the governorates of Madaba, Zarqa, and Aqaba, with double financing value, to become $60 million, he pointed out.

The second phase agreement was signed in 2018, at a value of $152 million, to be completed by the end of 2023, he noted, adding that projects are scheduled to be completed at the end of 2025.

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