Major water projects inaugurated in Jordan

Major water projects inaugurated in Jordan

Friday, April 10, 2015

(Ramtha) The Minister of Water and Irrigation, His Excellency Dr. Hazem Al Naser, U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Her Excellency Alice G. Wells, Paul Stromberg, UNHCR Deputy Representative in Jordan, and Robert Maroni, Mercy Corps Country Director witnessed the inauguration of Al-Mahasi Water pumping station in Ramtha.

 

This comes as part of a major water rehabilitation project to improve the efficiency and infrastructure of five water stations in northern Jordan and to supply water to 200,000 residents in Irbid and Mafraq. This $2.3 million UNHCR project was funded by the United States, and implemented by Mercy Corps, in coordination with the Yarmouk Water Company.

 

The Minister of Water and Irrigation, Dr. Hazem Al Naser, praised UNHCR and U.S. efforts to improve water supplies in Jordan’s north, whose limited water resources have been  under further strain due to the influx of Syrian refugees.

 

“This crisis is creating a real emergency, especially in northern Jordan, where over half of the Syrian refugees are located,” the minister explained.  “The increase in demand from the burgeoning Syrian refugee population has impacted the amount and frequency of water available to Jordanians. Therefore, this assistance is part of all the efforts exerted by donor organisations and countries to help Jordan accommodate for the Syrian refugees residing in Jordan.”

 

Jordan has one of the lowest levels of water resources in the world, and many households receive water only two days per week. In other communities, water supplies are less frequent than that.

 

U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Her Excellency Alice G. Wells, said it was important to assist the host communities in Jordan, who have welcomed thousands of refugees, by improving the water infrastructure.

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