Water shortage must be addressed in ‘cautious, rational manner’

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AMMAN — Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Al-Najjar said the government will buy some quantities of water from Israel to compensate for the water shortage in Jordan, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

In an interview with Al-Mamlaka on Tuesday, he also said that the ministry will not expropriate land that contains illegal wells.

Najjar said that “many wells are located in remote areas, and if they had been close to the water networks, we would have taken possession of them”, adding that water in those wells does not conform to the specifications, “which means that there is no water source that we can exploit except after obtaining permission from the Ministry of Health”.

Meanwhile, Al-Rai daily quoted former minister of water and irrigation Hazem Al-Nasser as saying that drought and water shortages are nothing new, but the increase in demand and the management and water supply have created a severe water crisis “whose consequences we will witness this summer”.

He added that inefficient dams compound the water problem in Jordan, and that water wastage requires managing dam water storage in a cautious and rational manner. At the same time, the former minister said that rationing programs are needed so that dams do not become empty, and citizens and farmers are not affected.

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