US funding aims to tackle water losses in Jordan

Published August 9th, 2018

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has made a $166 million commitment to the Jordanian water system, with the majority of the funds aimed at tackling the high levels of water loss prevalent in one of the world’s most water-stressed areas.

$152.1 million of the funding will go to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation to support its Nationwide Water Metering and Water Loss Reduction programme. This will involve repairing leaks, installing smart meters, and introducing more sophisticated data management and water pressure management systems across the country’s water network.

Around half of all piped water in Jordan is currently lost through leaks, theft or inaccurate billing, a figure the country wants to see reduced to 25% or lower by the year 2025.

The remainder of the funding will support repairs to the 9m3/sec pumping system at the 150,000m3/d Zara Ma’in water treatment plant near the Dead Sea.