• Live
    • Audio Only
  • google plus
  • facebook
  • twitter
News > World

Jordan Cracks Down Water Theft Amid Water Shortage

  • Small-scale dam in Jordan.

    Small-scale dam in Jordan. | Photo: Twitter/ @NatureMEast

Published 26 September 2022

This country has been witnessing erratic rainfall over the past years, and the precipitation rate is becoming lower and lower every year.

Jordan's Ministry of Water and Irrigation has stepped up efforts in combatting water thefts and improving supply infrastructure, as water reserves at its dams are nosediving, and public grudge against repeated outages are fuming.


Jordanians Keen to Maintain Palestinian Tourism

It is exerting its utmost efforts to provide water to residents across the country, working on addressing all concerns, including dismantling illegally-laid water pipes, and improving the water supply system.

Repeated water thefts and attacks on water pipelines are the major factors behind disrupted water supplies in some regions. Dams across Jordan, which have a total capacity of 280 million cubic meters, are only 15 percent full at the moment, which is "alarming."

The Jordan Environment Union President Omar Shoshan said that climate change also impacted the precipitation in the rainy season, contributing to the scarcity.

"Jordan has been witnessing erratic rainfall over the past years, and the precipitation rate is becoming lower and lower every year," Shoshan said, admitting "we certainly need to work on improving the utilization of water resources and reducing the waste."

Meanwhile, the latest report of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said that numerous factors have exacerbated the pressure on the kingdom's limited water resources, including demographics, urbanization, and climate change.

The study noted that Jordan's agricultural sector, although contributed about 5 percent to the country's gross domestic product, consumed more than half of its freshwater resources.

A major water desalination project is hopeful of alleviating Jordan's draught by producing about 300 million cubic meters of potable water from the Red Sea per year. This project is expected to come into operation in 2027.

"We can not just rely on the mega water project to address water shortages. We also need to reduce the waste of water in irrigation and daily usage as well as prevent water-related offenses," said Khaleel Diab, a resident of the Jabal Al-Taj area.


Omar Shoshan
Post with no comments.