Quenching Jordan’s Water Infrastructure Needs
Jordan is the world’s fourth driest country, and while water system coverage in Jordan is comprehensive, water supplies are intermittent and water losses are substantial. Compounding the situation are sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants that need expansions and upgrades to cope with increased flows due to significant population growth and an influx of refugees – while still allowing for beneficial water reuse.
To help Jordan respond to urgent water needs and improve its use of limited water resources for the next 25 years, CDM Smith partnered with USAID/Jordan to provide program management and integrated engineering services through a 7-year, $34.1 million water/wastewater infrastructure project.
Through this USAID-funded, multi-site program, CDM Smith has delivered critical infrastructure improvements and capacity building to the Water Authority of Jordan and Jordanian water companies. Services include planning, design, tendering and construction supervision of infrastructure, as well as the development of a responsive water strategy through 2035.
Among the work performed throughout Jordan, CDM Smith has delivered master-planning studies through 2035 for Amman, Jerash, Tafilah and Ma’an governorates; designed short-term projects; and performed ancillary studies on wastewater networks, grey water reuse, and an assessment of economic viability of solar farming and desalination of brackish groundwater.
Through this USAID-funded, multi-site program, CDM Smith has delivered critical infrastructure improvements and capacity building to the Water Authority of Jordan and Jordanian water companies.
Nearly $360 million of improvements were identified under the program, including geographic information system and hydraulic system models; assessments, designs and master plans for water and wastewater systems; and design and tender documents for networks, trunk sewers, and upgrades of the East Jerash and Tafilah wastewater treatment plants.
The project also developed designs and tender documents for two large projects currently under construction: the $25 million West Zarqa force main funded by KFW and the $125 million Wadi Arab water supply system-II funded by the European Investment Bank and the Agence Française de Développement. Additionally, construction management services supported $16.5 million worth of improvements, co-funded by USAID, to the Amman water transmission system to distribute Disi water to various demand zones. Work converted parts of the supply system to gravity-fed, removing eight pump stations and generating $1.5 million in annual power savings.
A critical project objective was developing local capacity to perform water management and incorporating local preferences into project designs. CDM Smith led on-the-job training in GIS, modeling, design and master planning for local staff—building local engineering expertise to respond to vital future water sector needs. Because of these integrated and diverse project interventions, nearly 2.2 million Jordanians will benefit from upgraded wastewater treatment plants, improvements to water distribution systems and strengthened local capacity through 2035.