Eng. Raed Abu Al Saud, Minister of Water and Irrigation at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, received the acting Embassy of the United States of America, Ms. Karen Sasahara, in the presence of the Acting Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Margaret Spears, where the progress of the work was reviewed in a number of projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and projects to be implemented during the next phase to improve water supply in all regions of the Kingdom.
The Minister highly appreciated the continued support provided by the Government and people of the United States of America, especially to the water sector, and to enable it to overcome the major challenges, especially in the light of the Corona pandemic (Covid-19) and the urgent need to implement additional projects to ensure the large and growing deficit and increase in demand as a result of increased domestic use, where demand rose to more than (610) million m3 due to the Corona pandemic (Coved-1). Expressing Jordan's gratitude and appreciation for this continued support, which has the greatest impact in reducing the water deficit and securing additional water sources, looking forward to supporting the water sector in the implementation of a number of important strategic projects such as the national carrier project and desalination of red sea water, as well as the expansion of the Samara purification plant, the project of the Tafileh purification plant and the national project (NRW) to reduce waste, which will have the greatest impact on improving water and sanitation services.
"Jordan is facing water conditions that have worsened with the Corona crisis, with the demand for water for domestic uses rising to more than 40 percent, and therefore an increase in wastewater that flows to wastewater treatment plants," he said.
For her part, Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy Ms. Karen Sasahara expressed her great happiness for the constructive and fruitful cooperation over the past years, stressing the Interest of the United States in expanding the horizons of cooperation and providing solutions in the field of modern water management through the provision of assistance and expertise of the United States, especially through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and confirmed the Agency’s interest in accelerating the implementation of strategic water projects which will contribute in developing water conditions and improve sanitation services.