by Hana Namrouqa | Oct 23, 2014

AMMAN — The Water Ministry has started construction on a project to increase Maan Governorate’s daily water share, a government official said ?Thursday.

Under the project, the ministry is drilling a well in Maan to pump around 1,000 cubic metres of water daily to increase the amount of water that consumers in Maan’s outskirts receive, the ministry’s spokesperson, Omar Salameh, said.

“Residents in several residential areas in Maan are suffering from water shortage. Therefore, the ministry will drill a well, install state-of-the-art sunken pumps and a pumping station to produce more than 40 cubic metres of water per hour,” Salameh noted.

Construction on the project has already commenced, he said, noting that the project’s agreement was signed this week.

“The project is being implemented by a local contracting company and will be completed within three months. Once completed, water supply in Maan will improve substantially,” he said.

The project is funded by the Gulf grant, according to the ministry.

In 2011, the Gulf Cooperation Council allocated $5 billion to finance development projects in Jordan during the 2012-2016 period. The grant is divided between Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, with each country paying $1.25 billion.

A list of development projects was prepared by a committee, with some $425.4 million of the grant allocated for water and sanitation projects.

Located 220 kilometres south of the capital, Maan Governorate’s daily water per capita share stands at 80 litres per day, according to the ministry, which said that water loss due to deteriorating networks is affecting water supply to residents.