National water conveyance project in government’s sights

Asoufi said that the construction of a tank to store water has also been completed and that work is underway to implement a tender to extend a water line in the area. (Photo: Unsplash)
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project is long gone, the National Aqaba-Amman water conveyance project is now in the government's sights, said Muhammad Najjar Minister of Water and Irrigation, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

During a meeting with the Lower House of Parliament's Agriculture, Water and Badia Committee, Najjar pointed out the Kingdom's need for water following a growth in population. He said the ministry has multiple strategies, a five-year plan, and a 2040 long-term plan for drinking water and irrigation.

Secretary-general of the Water Authority of Jordan, Bashar Batayneh, said that the National Water Conveyance Project will secure an estimated 300 million cubic meters annually, pointing to a discussion with the Social Security Corporation's Investment Fund to invest in the project, which is expected to be complete within a year.

He said that 14 artesian wells were drilled in Karak, which contributed to solving the governorate's water problem. In Amman, some areas are still facing water issues, he said, adding that work is underway to drill wells in Hisban, Khan al-Zabib, and other areas.

MP Al-Alaqmeh said that last season's low precipitation led Jordan into a difficult water situation, noting that the Ministry of Water and Irrigation's plans and strategies were discussed, including building dams, the National Water Conveyance Project and the Jordan-Israeli water agreement.

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