Ministry, KOICA team up for Jerash water network rehabilitation

CAP: (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation signed on Wednesday a $9.13 million agreement with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to rehabilitate water networks in Jerash, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammed Najjar and the Country Director of KOICA Jordan Seo Dong Sung signed off on the project.
The project aims to rehabilitate water networks and improve the quality of supplied water in the Mastaba area of Jerash, which suffers from a worn-out water network and increased demand after hosting large numbers of refugees.

The minister reviewed the various challenges Jordan faces including water scarcity, the COIVD-19 pandemic, and the Syrian refugee crisis. He noted that the Kingdom is doing its utmost to secure more water sources and reduce losses by improving the water network supply.

Najjar pointed to energy and water issues, as two of Jordan's biggest challenges, highlighting the adoption of integrated programs for energy efficiency, lauding South Korea's ongoing support to implement water projects to reduce water loss, improve supply and monitor consumption through SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems.

Secretary-General of the Jordan Water Authority Bashar Bataineh said that studies will be conducted under the project to re-design and rehabilitate network lines and SCADA systems.

For his part, Dong Sung voiced South Korea's appreciation of Jordan's humanitarian role, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, and Jordanian government measures that benefit refugees, especially in the water sector.

He also stressed further cooperation between South Korea and Jordan to find solutions to the current water shortage issue, adding that the water sector in Jordan is part of KOICA's priorities.

KOICA, which funded different water projects, has contributed $3.5 million during the years 2008–2011 to improve networks and supply systems in Amman, Salt, Zarqa, and Mafraq by creating a telemetering system, which monitors water quality.

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