By Hana Namrouqa

AMMAN – Old sewage networks in south Amman will be revamped and new pipes installed starting this year to raise the number of households linked to sewage services by 7 per cent, a senior government official said on Sunday.

Under a $2.7 million agreement signed yesterday, sewage services in south Amman will be improved by constructing 258 kilometres of new gravity sewer pipes as well as pumping stations, according to Water Authority of Jordan Secretary General Munir Oweis.

“The project will cover seven areas in south Amman: Khreibet Assouk, Yadoudeh, Muqablain, Buneiyat, Um Quseir, Um Al Basateen and Netel,” he said during the signing ceremony.

The project will be implemented by the Korea-based ISAN Corporation and Engicon, a local consulting firm.

“The pipes will be linked to a waste treatment plant to be built in south Amman. The project seeks to rehabilitate old sewage networks and construct new ones to cover the expected increase in the capital’s population by the year 2035,” Oweis noted.

“The project is fully financed by the Export-Import Bank of Korea,” he said, noting that 213,000 subscribers in the area will benefit from the sewage services.

Under the agreement, ISAN and Engicon will carry out studies for south Amman sewage networks before implementing the project.

“The studies will take one year, while implementation of the project will take 27 months,” Oweis said.