Jordan University for Science and Technology and UNICEF partnership to explore innovative solutions to address Jordan’s water and wastewater challenges

14 August 2018

RAMTHA, 14 August 2018 — Jordan University for Science and Technology (JUST) and UNICEF today signed a five-year agreement aimed at exploring innovative approaches, technologies and designs to address key challenges in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in the country.

Jordan is one of the most water scarce countries in the world and the kingdom is facing chronic challenges to provide sustainable access to clean water and sanitation services to its population. As the population of Jordan continues to increase, and the country expands its agricultural, industrial, commercial and tourist infrastructure, the water situation in Jordan will become even more of a critical challenge.

The agreement signed by the President of JUST, Dr. Sa’eb Khreisat, and UNICEF Jordan’s Deputy Representative, Ms. Ettie Higgins, will enable the two institutions to undertake research and co-design and implement innovative projects to ensure sustainable, appropriate and scalable solutions for provision of water, sanitation and hygiene services. UNICEF will also support the establishment of a “WASH Innovation Hub” incubator at the University campus in Ramtha that will serve as a laboratory for designing and testing innovative solutions.

UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene programme supports the Government and partners for affordable and sustainable water and wastewater systems, thereby contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable environment for children and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It focuses on strengthening policies and implementation of key standards and strategies, including the National Water Strategy of Jordan 2016–2025; and strengthening service delivery through rehabilitating systems in highly vulnerable areas, supplemented by water conservation projects using low-cost technologies. The programme also aim at contributing to improve knowledge and practices on key behaviours, including household water treatment and safe water as part of a larger water safety and water conservation programme.

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Claire McKeever
Communications Specialist
UNICEF Jordan
Khetam Malkawi
Communication Officer
UNICEF Jordan

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