USAID grants Aqaba Water Company $22.5M

Targets 25 percent water loss cut by 2040

(Photo: Jordan News Agency, Petra)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Water has entered into an agreement of cooperation and support with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) amounting to $22.55 million as a grant for the Aqaba Water Company. The agreement was signed by Director-General of the Aqaba Water Company Khaled Al-Obaidyn, with the aim of supporting projects related to water service management and operation in the Aqaba Governorate. These projects are expected to provide approximately 1.2 million cubic meters of water annually.اضافة اعلان

The minister stresses the urgency of reducing water loss and enhancing water services in alignment with the National Water Strategy 2023-2040. USAID is providing a $20.5 million grant, with the remaining funding sourced from the Aqaba Water Company. This agreement, extending until 2027, targets a reduction in water loss within southern governorates, Khaberni reported.

30,000 cubic meter tank in Aqaba
Key measures include improving billing efficiency, increasing meter readings, upgrading infrastructure, and constructing a 30,000 cubic meter tank in Aqaba. Infrastructure work will also be undertaken for water pipelines in the Dead Sea-Aqaba line and Rumm supply line, with an emphasis on maintaining minimal water loss to support Aqaba's continuous supply system.

25 percent reduction by 2040
The agreement aims to bolster the Aqaba Water Company's capabilities through consulting firms, offering expertise, execution support, capacity building, knowledge transfer, and technical assistance. Mr. Andrew McKim underscores collaborative efforts to reduce water loss, enhance infrastructure, and establish long-term water management practices. The project's overarching objective is to improve water supply, while concurrently pursuing the annual goal of reducing water loss by 2 percent and ultimately achieving the planned 25 percent reduction by 2040.

This agreement is part of the FARA agreements, a series of financing agreements from the USAID. These agreements were previously concluded as part of the third phase of the water loss reduction project and encompass all Jordanian water companies and their respective service areas.

Read more National news
Jordan News