by Hana Namrouqa – Mar 08,2016

AMMAN — Construction on a project to convey and collect treated wastewater for the irrigation of 5,000 dunums of fodder has started south of the capital, according to a senior government official.

Under the project’s first phase, a total of 1,200 dunums of land will be planted with fodder and irrigated with treated wastewater from the south Amman wastewater treatment plant, which currently generates 7,000 cubic metres of treated wastewater, Water Minister Hazem Nasser said in a statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times on Tuesday.

A pipeline for transferring treated wastewater from the plant is under construction, as well as an artificial pond for holding 30,000 cubic metres of the treated wastewater, according to the minister.

Fifteen projects for planting maize for fodder and berseem clover will be implemented under the first phase, Nasser said.

The fodder projects will support local communities by creating agricultural investment projects as well as improving the area’s environmental conditions, Nasser highlighted.

The remainder of the treated wastewater generated from the plant will be transferred to the Jordan Valley for the irrigation of certain crops, according to the ministry.

The plant is located in Jizah, south of the capital, the ministry’s spokesperson, Omar Salameh told The Jordan Times, highlighting that the plant started official operation in October last year.

Constructed at a cost of $121 million, the plant’s treatment capacity stands at 52,000 cubic metres per day and serves 600,000 people in south Amman.
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