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Environment friendly and cost efficient water and sanitation network in Za’atari camp [3May2018]


Za’atari refugee camp, JORDAN, 3 May 2018 — The Minister of Water and Irrigation, the German Ambassador to Jordan and UNICEF launched the operation of a water supply and waste water network which will connect all households in the camp. As the first of 12 districts a network which will serve about 8,000 households in District 8 of the camp has been commissioned.

Speaking at the launch event, the Minister of Water and Irrigation H.E. Ali Al-Ghezai stressed that the Government of Jordan through the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and in cooperation with donor countries and international agencies, seek to implement effective environmental solutions in Za’atari camp that hosts thousands of Syrian refugees and to preserve the environment and underground water and to serve residents in areas neighbouring the camp.

The Minister also called on the international community and donors to provide more support to improve living standards in the underprivileged areas outside the camp through providing water and sanitation services and implement projects with impact on these areas.

The construction of the water supply and the waste water network was financed by Germany through KfW Development Bank and is led by the Ministry of Water and UNICEF - the entire waste water network for the camp is expected to be completed by July 2018 followed by the water supply network by October 2018.

“Jordan is facing an enormous pressure with regard to its scarce water resources and this pressure has been growing over the last years due to the influx of refugees. In this context, the German government has scaled up its longstanding cooperation with the Jordanian government in the water sector substantially. The current portfolio of German development cooperation in the water sector has a volume of more than 1 billion Euros. Water is and will remain one of the focal areas of German development operation,” said the German Ambassador to Jordan, H.E. Birgitta Siefker-Eberle

The water supply and waste water networks will have multiple positive outcomes including:

  • Improvement of living conditions for Syrian children and individuals in the camp;
  • Improvement of environmental conditions for Jordanians and Syrian refugees, especially in safe guarding the Kingdom’s precious ground water resources;
  • Increased cost effectiveness in the provision of water and wastewater services through reduction in trucking operations - savings of up to 66 percent.
The total cost of the water and sanitation network is 51 million Euros of which Germany has provided EUR 35M to UNICEF, with the remaining contributions from Canada, UK and the US.

“Today is a major milestone in terms of our partnership with the government of Jordan for water and sanitation operations – cost efficient, environmentally friendly, equitable and sustainable water supply and sanitation systems, for children and families,” said the UNICEF Jordan Representative, Robert Jenkins. “UNICEF is very grateful to the support from the Government of Germany through KfW – our main supporter for the water and sanitation programme in Za’atari camp,” Jenkins added.

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