National workshop hears about possible growth opportunities in the water sector: Jordan

AMMAN – The water sector in Jordan aims to increase investment in the coming years, with a focus on domestic investment, the recent session of the National Economic Workshop announced on Saturday.

As the National Economic Workshop continues at the Royal Hashemite Court, experts, representatives, academics and water sector officials discussed key points of the sector’s vision and possible growth opportunities.

The water sector strategic plan aims to create more than one million new sustainable revenue opportunities, they were informed.

Khaldoun Shatanawi, director of the Center for Water, Energy and Environment at the University of Jordan, said the sector’s main current investment is the national water carrier project.

“The national water carrier project is currently being assessed and we have agreed that it requires seven years to implement… It is impossible to shorten it as some have suggested, due to the prospect of engineering,” Shatanawi told The Jordan Times in an interview on Saturday.

He pointed out that the sector needs more investment in operations for water waste management schemes, which would treat wastewater which could then be sold for agricultural purposes.

“The use of sludge as fertilizer is currently being researched in Jordan, as there are some restrictions that do not approve of its use, however, it has been scientifically proven to do no harm, and some countries, like Egypt, use it,” Shatanawi said, noting that using sludge would be a good step forward in saving water.

According to Shatanawi, other options were also discussed during the workshop, such as increasing water pumping from the Disi Water Conveyance project, which pumps 100 million cubic meters of water per year.

“We aim to put in place a plan to increase its pumping capacity to 120 million cubic meters per year, which will not increase operating costs much, making it a quick win,” he said. he declares.

“Our meeting today was primarily about reviewing everything we have discussed so far over the past five meetings, shedding light on strengths, challenges, solutions, suggestions and prioritize how to build a roadmap for the next 10 years,” Shatanawi added. .

He noted that the plan will focus on “achievable measures”, taking into account that there are key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure and that the plan requires continuous monitoring of what is achieved over time. years.

“The water sector in Jordan has a competent and experienced staff that needs to be retained in order to continuously improve the sector, we need capacity building, such as training in specific areas, education superior and attracting talent,” Shatanawi said.

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