Securing water: $15M USAID agreement for 12M cubic meters

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AMMAN — On Tuesday, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation signed a $15 million support and financing agreement with USAID, complemented by a $4.5 million self-contribution from Miyahuna Company. The agreement aims to secure an additional 12 million cubic meters of water. As part of a broader $700 million package from the US government, this initiative focuses on enhancing water source efficiency and reducing losses.اضافة اعلان

Engineer Raed Abu Al-Saud, the Minister of Water and Irrigation, emphasized that the agreement is integral to the water sector strategy. With water challenges increasing and potable water sources diminishing, urgent measures are needed. The immediate plan involves drilling wells to meet immediate and medium-term water needs. The wells, with an annual capacity of about 12 million cubic meters, will provide solutions until long-term sustainable sources are secured, Hala reported.

Saud expressed gratitude for the support from the United States through USAID. Immediate action will commence this month, with well drilling and rehabilitation to be completed within a year. The goal is to enhance water security, address deficits, and accommodate rising demand. The agreement will also focus on developing well fields, rebuilding and rehabilitating existing wells in the Jordan Valley region, and reducing water loss from the King Abdullah Canal.

In addition, the agreement aims to save water, preserve water infrastructure, improve drinking water delivery efficiency, and reduce losses from the King Abdullah Canal. It will contribute to increasing water supply for various uses, helping bridge the short supply gap. The management and control of water resources in the Jordan Valley Authority areas, suffering from high water loss in irrigation networks, will see improvements, targeting a reduction of about 5 million cubic meters annually.

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