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EU to fund wastewater treatment plant in Jordan

Written by Eric Apim on Tuesday, November 30th 2021 à 15:30 | Read 475 times

The EU will help upgrade wastewater treatment facilities in Jordan (Photo: EBRD)
The EU will help upgrade wastewater treatment facilities in Jordan (Photo: EBRD)
JORDAN / EU. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a €30m sovereign loan to improve water supply and upgrade wastewater treatment facilities in Jordan.
Co-financed by a €30m grant from the European Union (EU), it will notably result in the construction of a water treatment plant. Located in Al Ghabawi and with a capacity of 24,750 m3 per day, the plant will serve up to 1 million people, including Syrian refugees living in Amman and Zarqa, who are not currently connected to the network.

"This service will mitigate the environmental impact of the current reception facility in Ain Ghazal, and increase Jordan's resilience in areas hosting refugees who are affected by the ongoing water crisis," said Philip ter Woort, EBRD Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, in an EBRD press release issued on Monday 29 November 2021.

This project will notably "increase wastewater collection in Amman and Zarqa, as well as reduce the biological load of the As-Samra treatment plant", as Mohammad Al-Najjar, Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation, points out. "It will improve the environment and reduce tanker traffic in the Ain Ghazal area, solving traffic problems," he continued.

200 young people trained

At the same time, the investment programme includes the training of 200 local young people who will be employed in the construction and management of the facilities. This part is financed by the Netherlands through the EBRD's Multi-Donor Account for the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean*. 

"While the project is timely, given the difficult economic and financial conditions in Jordan as a result of Covid-19 and the impact of hosting Syrian refugees, we are aware that the revival of the economy would require more large-scale investment to increase growth rates and thus job creation," comments Nasser Shraideh, Jordan's Minister for Planning and International Cooperation.

* Supported by Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Taipei China and the UK.


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