Hanin Ramahi

The Society of Energy Conservation and Sustainable Environment President Ayyoub Abu Diyye has revealed that there are traces of radiated molecules in the Disi Water Project area, possibly posing a threat to the health of citizens who will be drinking from it. The Disi Water Project is to be completed in 2013, and drinking this contaminated water could lead to cancer.

Scientific tests

The presence of the radiated molecules has been proved by a scientific test using the Geiger Counter that is specialized in detecting Alpha and Beta radiations with the supervision of a nuclear radiation expert. The results have shown that the area is contaminated to some extent.

Abu Diyye has said that tests were conducted about 170 kilometers away from Amman with the result of contamination-free area, but upon testing the area close the digging and pipe installing, it was found that the place is effected by radiation.

Ayyoub told AmmanNet that the effect of this contamination will affect workers and citizens alike. He also added that if a hole is found in the pipes carrying water to Amman, and there is a leakage of radiated molecules, then the soil will also be contaminated

The Society president has stressed that the government should follow observational procedures on pipe lines and networks including not filling in dug gaps with the same contaminated soil, but instead exchanging it with soil from other properties.

A report that was issued 2 years ago by Jordanian and Israeli experts raised a debate about the presence of contaminated water in Disi, the water reservoir Jordan counts on to provide Amman with water.

An American study that has been conducted with Balqaa Applied University revealed that the water in one of the Disi groundwater resources has a high percentage of radiated molecules that is linked with causing cancer.

High monitory

Ministry of Water and Irrigation Assistant Secretary General and Spokesperson Adnan Zu’bi said that most water reserves around the world contains radiated molecules, especially those coming from groundwater.

Zu’bi explained that Disi water is considered a groundwater reserve and that the rock layers contain radiated molecules in its purest form, however all traces of radiation disappear when this water comes to the ground level. Therefore, this water is considered among the purest in the world with its low percentage of salty molecules.

The ministry’s spokesperson remains committed to the project’s investors to provide the capital with water that is subject to their standards.

Zu’bi reiterated that water networks in the south of the kingdom contain high levels of uranium are being tested in specialized laboratories.

Mr. Adnan stated that laboratory testing takes place in the ministry of health, Miyahuna water company, the Royal Science Society, and the Water Authority laboratories.

Health dangers

Dr. Mohammad Tarawneh, the Director of the National Cancer Prevention Center warned AmmanNet of the dangers of being exposed to radiated molecules through touching, drinking, and eating contaminated things. He said that breast, thyroid, and severe blood cancers are the most dangerous diseases resulting from radiation.

Dr. Tarawneh added that being exposed to radiation could lead to congenital malformation in pregnant women and could cause temporary or permanent infertility, especially in the testicles, depending on the volume of exposure.

The Disi project is supposed to provide Amman with 100 cubic meters of water after its completion in 2013. The project uses 65 groundwater wells from Disi reservoir via a 325 kilometer-long pipe line.