by Hana Namrouqa JORDAN TIMES
AMMAN — Demand for water has increased this year by 6 per cent, according to officials, surging to one billion cubic metres, while the Kingdom’s water deficit reached 400 million cubic metres (mcm).
The rise in demand for water is due to economic and agricultural factors, in addition to population growth and an ongoing influx of Syrian refugees, which has added further complications to the Kingdom’s struggle for water security, officials said.
“Water supply for household purposes reached 330mcm this year… while 185mcm were pumped for agricultural purposes in the Jordan Valley,” Minister of Water and Irrigation Mahir Abul Samin said in a statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times.
Abul Samin said the ministry and its directorates across the country had exerted their utmost efforts this year to meet water needs despite the imbalance between supply and demand.
“The sector in Jordan is struggling due to water shortage, dropping water storage due to droughts, lack of funding for projects and an inability to recover costs of ventures due to the huge water subsidy provided to the public, especially the underprivileged,” the minister underscored.
He noted that the ministry is developing its water resources and applying modern technologies for treating wastewater and reusing it for industrial and agricultural purposes, while trying to stop the depletion and pollution of aquifers.
“At the end of 2012, more than 98 per cent of Jordan’s population is connected to the water network and 65 per cent is linked to the sewage network,” the minister said.
He highlighted that the government pays JD6,000 to link one household to the water network and JD12,000 to connect it to the sewage network.