German bank to loan US$40 million for water projects in Jordan

water-debabshishdas-flickrJordan's Ministry of Water and Irrigation has signed a US$40mn loan agreement with German Development Bank (KfW) to finance water projects in the Middle Eastern country

The finances would be directed to the third phase of the Water Resources Management Programme, which aims to improve water supply and sanitation across Jordan and support the national water transport system.

The programme also includes the expansion of the Al Karak purification station to 5,500mcm, rehabilitation of farmers in the northern Jordan Valley and establishment of agricultural societies for irrigation purposes.

KfW authorities stated that the programme, once completed, would help 4.1mn Jordanians.

After signing the deal with KfW’s deputy director Sawsan Aruri, minister of water and irrigation Hazem Nasser said the water sector management was seeking international aid and grants to implement new water and sanitation projects in the north of Jordan.

Nasser stated that the ministry would build new networks to provide water for agriculture in the northern Jordan Valley region and minimise loss of water. The new projects, under a medium-term plan, involve the construction of a line from Zaatari, part of the Disi water conveyance project, to carry 10mcm of water to northern governorates.

KfW has also agreed to provide another US$40mn by September 2014 to overcome water deficits resulting from the exodus of Syrian refugees into Jordan, added the minister.

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