Nov 29, 2012 | 22:31

AMMAN — US Ambassador Stuart Jones and Minister of Water and Irrigation Mahir Abul Samin on Thursday attended a ceremony to mark the beginning of construction work on the wastewater network project in Zarqa.

The US-based Millennium Challenge Corporation is funding the $55 million project with supporting grants from the US government, according to a statement from the US embassy.

Once completed, the network will upgrade and expand the wastewater network in Zarqa Governorate through the construction of 170km of sanitation lines that will serve 4,200 households, the statement said.

Jones noted that in the last 10 years, the US has invested approximately $537 million in the Kingdom’s water sector with the aim of achieving greater water security, a healthier environment and more sustainable economic growth.