Presentation to Congressional Delegation in Jordan
(MIAMI, FL – July 10, 2014) – A Congressional delegation led by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the chairwoman of the House Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), ranking member of the MENA subcommittee, visited Jordan on June 30, 2014.
The delegation met with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the U.S. funding agency implementing a $275 million Water Infrastructure Program in Jordan. As program manager of the water and wastewater network expansion portion of the project, Hazen and Sawyer led a presentation to the delegation that focused on the water needs of the country and the success of the ongoing investments.
During the presentation, Shajan Joykutty, P.E., vice president with Hazen and Sawyer, highlighted the efficient delivery of the projects by the Jordanian implementing agency, MCA-Jordan, and the efforts to improve poverty through economic growth. The water and wastewater network expansion projects are focused in the water-starved areas of Zarqa Governorate, home to one million people. As part of the program, 800 km of water distribution networks and over 225 km of wastewater collection systems are being constructed. Mr. Joykutty highlighted the American firms that are implementing and managing the various water projects in Jordan funded by the U.S. and encouraged the delegation to continue to invest in the Jordan water sector.
The delegation was also given an overview of the expansion of the As Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant, which serves as an example of a sustainable, energy efficient solution to water pollution. Effluent from the plant is used to irrigate the farmlands in Jordan Valley, a major source of income for the Jordanian people.
The Joint Venture team of Hazen and Sawyer/Dar Al-Omran IE has been managing the program since 2012 with a staff of nearly 100 and the program is on schedule for successful completion in 2016.
Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.