Water sector budget of JD678 million is minimal, says minister

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AMMAN — Water and Irrigation Minister Mohammed Najjar said on Wednesday, that the government’s allocations, of about JD 678 million, to the water sector are considered “minimal” and that the ministry is facing “several challenges”.اضافة اعلان

Speaking at the Senate Finance and Economic Committee meeting, which convened to discuss the ministry’s budget, as part of a debate of the 2022 general budget draft law, Najjar said that the earmarked budget for the ministry and its departments stands at JD678.105 million, of which JD331.506 is running expenditure and JD364.599 million is capital expenditure. The ministry’s collective revenue amounted to JD414.810 million.

Najjar added that investing in the water sector is most important, especially since debt and interest rates have accumulated significantly, as the ministry relies on grants and loans from various parties.

According to Najjar, water losses cannot be accurately calculated due to lack of meters on water sources such as underground water, which does not enable the ministry to identify and assess the those losses, particularly in light of violations perpetrated on water sources, stressing the ministry’s keen interest in expediting the completion of the national carrier project.

Senator Jamal Al-Sarayyrah made an inquiry about the ministry’s new projects, especially those related to water infrastructure reforms, plans to reduce water losses, as well as the mechanisms for resolving water challenges facing citizens, in addition to the national water carrier project.

Sarayyrah stressed the need to support the water sector and provide the ministry with skilled human resources capable of advancing the sector, noting that water is a key challenge, just as crucial as energy.

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