Jordan, US sign $166 million grant agreements to improve water network

Jordan and the US on Wednesday (August 8th) signed two grant agreements worth $166 million to rehabilitate Amman’s second main water resource and install smart metres to slash water loss, The Jordan Times reported Thursday.

Minister of Water and Irrigation Munir Oweis and USAID Mission Director in Jordan Nancy Eslick signed the two agreements, which aim at implementing the goals of Jordan’s 2016-2025 national water strategy.

The strategy seeks to generate additional water amounts and reduce Jordan’s water loss from the current 43% to 25% by the year 2025.

The first agreement, worth $13.8 million, will be dedicated to improving Zara-Maeen Water Treatment Plant’s supply system and reduce operational and maintenance costs.

"The plant’s operational and pumping systems will be revamped as new, energy-efficient pumps will be installed for pumping water from the Jordan Valley, the lowest point on Earth, to Amman," Oweis said during the signing ceremony.

Meanwhile, under the second agreement, worth $152.1 million, main and tertiary pipelines will be replaced, while traditional water metres will be replaced with smart ones that provide more accurate readings, according to Oweis.

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