Jordan Water and Wastewater Network Program

Client: Millennium Challenge Corporation
Location: Zarqa Governorate, Jordan

Hazen and Sawyer is working with Jordan’s Government to manage the water and wastewater network expansion portion of a $275 million Water Infrastructure Program funded by a grant from the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US federal funding agency whose mission is to reduce poverty by supporting economic growth. As Program Manager, we are developing, coordinating, and monitoring detailed project schedules and budgets, and providing fast-track design and construction management of buried infrastructure works for both water distribution and wastewater collection systems to be constructed under nine contracts in a densely populated community of the Zarqa Governorate of Jordan.

Jordan is the fifth most water-poor country in the world on a per capita basis. A $275 million grant from the Millennium Challenge Corporation will improve water supply to approximately a million people.

Jordan’s economy is driven by agriculture, and 62 percent of the national water supply is used for agricultural purposes. Part of the grant will be used to upgrade a wastewater treatment plant to increase the use of recycled water for agricultural purposes in the Jordan Valley.

Sewer line extensions will raise coverage rates to approximately 85 percent of the local population. Wastewater will be treated for reuse for agricultural purposes downstream in the Jordan Valley.

The Jordan Program has a Social Integration component, an inherent piece of all international funding programs. Hazen and Sawyer hosted a group of poor, young and physically challenged children and presented them with jackets, cake, and juice.

Project Outcomes and Benefits

  • Rehabilitating and restructuring of existing water supply networks.
  • Converting an old pumped water distribution system to a gravity-fed distribution system that will improve service, reduce water supply losses and extend the lifespan of the network.
  • Increasing the wastewater collection system to serve 85 percent of the community.
  • Replacing or rehabbing up to 29 kilometers of undersized trunk lines and expansion of sewers by up to 140 kilometers.
  • Rehabilitating or replacing approximately 40 miles of water transmission pipelines and 250 miles of distribution piping to improve water supply to approximately a million people.
  • Providing 26 mgd of additional water for domestic consumption to local communities and enhancing the collection of wastewater for treatment and reuse for irrigation in the Zarqa Governorate.

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