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Jordan and Kuwait discuss water projects

Kingdom is under severe pressure due to the number of refugees in the country.

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Jordan’s minister of water and irrigation Hazem Al Nasser on Saturday discussed with Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development advisor, Mohamed Ibrahim Sadeghi, a number of water projects his ministry will carry out.

The minister reviewed efforts made by the water sector to overcome exceptional circumstances in the wake of the Syrian crisis, indicating the presence of more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees in the Kingdom, accounting for more than 25% of the population.

This huge number, he said, consequently imposed a tremendous challenge in all sectors and placed pressures on resources, the Petra News Agency reports.

He also voiced Jordan's appreciation for the support being provided by the Kuwait Fund for water projects, including the Ain Ghazal waste water treatment plant in Amman and the Mujib Dam water drawing project of 500 cubic meters/hour capacity, that will supply 230,000 citizens in the country's south with water.

In the presence of a number of officials from the sector, Al Nasser signed a number of water projects funded by a Gulf grant to the Kingdom, worth about JOD 1mn ($1.4mn) in Ma'an , Zarqa and Tafila goverorates.

Sadeghi said these projects are a quantum leap in carrying out ventures in a record time to meet the exceptional circumstances in the water sector.

A 19-kilometer-long pipeline project at a cost of JOD 10mn provided by the Fund will be launched next summer to channel water from the Mujib Dam to Karak, 140km south of Amman.

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