New minister affirms Jordan’s reuse commitment

Published March 8th, 2018

Jordan’s new water minister has committed the country to a major expansion of its wastewater treatment and reuse capacity, as it looks to free up resources to deal with the water crisis in the north of the country.

Ali Al-Ghazawi, who was appointed in a cabinet reshuffle a week ago, confirmed that a $200 million expansion to the As-Samra wastewater treatment plant would go ahead, bringing it up to a capacity of 500,000m3/d. As-Samra, which is owned by a consortium of Suez and the Morganti Group, is the country’s largest wastewater treatment facility, and treats water to a level where it can be used for agricultural purposes in the country’s parched northern areas.

Ghazawi said that expanding the treatment capacity at As-Samra is necessary to cope with growing populations in the Amman and Zarqa governorates, and will at the same time create a new source of water for farmers.