Jordan Water Infrastructure

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Jordan is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. A rapidly growing population and changing climate strain the already shrinking water resources. Jordan’s water systems provide comprehensive service coverage throughout the Kingdom, but water supplies are not always constant. Aging infrastructure results in significant water loss. Jordan requires expansions and upgrades to water treatment plants, water distribution systems, sewer collection systems, and wastewater treatment plants including expansion of effluent reuse in order to protect and optimize use of diminishing surface water and groundwater resources. The project will strengthen Jordan’s water security while improving human and environmental health.

USAID’s Jordan Water Infrastructure Activity works with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and water utilities to increase water supply, improve sanitation, reuse treated wastewater, build the capacity of water sector utilities, and attract investments to the sector. It provides architectural, engineering designs and construction management services including assessments, feasibility studies, designs, tender documents, capacity building, operations and maintenance, customer service, and financial support.


  • Developed the Build-Operate-Transfer request for proposals for the “Aqaba Amman Water Desalination and Conveyance Project.” The project will supply Jordan with 300 million cubic meters of desalinated Red Sea water per year. The approximately 450 km conveyance system will deliver potable water between Aqaba and Amman. The project will provide potable water equivalent to the demands of 4.2 million people.
  • Enhanced the operational capacity within the Zara-Ma’in Water System by supervising the installation of 20 new pumps out of 25 pumps and five new motors to replace the old pumps in the five existing pump stations along the water conveyance system. Upon completion in 2022, the system will improve the water supply to 1.7 million people.
  • Provided construction management services for a US Department of Agriculture project to develop seven deep groundwater wells each of 1,250 meters depth in Hasa/Khan Az Zabeyb and began testing the water quantity and quality.
  • Conducted assessments and prepared feasibility studies, designs, and tender documents with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation to increase investments in the water sector. As a result, the project mobilized USD 172.5 million from the European Investment Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the French Development Agency. These investments will fund the rehabilitation of a water treatment plant, water supply and distribution systems and wastewater treatment plant to serve Dair Alla and Al Karamah. Investments will also fund expansions of the Zai Water Treatment Plant, Bani Kenanah water supply system, and the Ramtha Wastewater Treatment Plant. Upon the completion of those activities in 2025, additional water supply will be provided to 472,000 people in those districts.
  • Responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by giving the Ministry of Water and Irrigation the ability to monitor wastewater for COVID-19 that can provide crucial warnings of virus outbreaks. The project trained six laboratory technicians to handle and develop a roadmap for the wastewater-based surveillance plan for Covid-19 in Ain Ghazal sewer service area.
  • Trained seven Jordanian engineers from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and water utilities on water sector planning and design, and operations and maintenance activities. Training enhanced their ability to manage water facilities efficiently and effectively.
  • Provided construction management services for the Tafileh and North Aqaba Wastewater Treatment Plants, which will improve the sanitation services for 218,000 people in southern Jordan when construction is completed in early 2022.
  • Enhance the power export capacity of the National Electric Power Company through building a 10km overhead transmission line and substation in Mafraq to the Iraq border. Selling power to the neighboring countries-namely Iraq, would lead to reducing tariffs to the public and open opportunities for renewable energy production. An energy study was conducted to determine the cost-effective energy solutions for Aqaba Amman Conveyance.

Last updated: June 16, 2022

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