WB Warns Water Exhaustion in Jordan, Calls for Tech Solutions, Policies to Combat Scarcity

تم نشره في Wed 6 September / Sep 2017. 12:00 AM
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AMMAN —AlGhad— A World Bank (WB) report, entitled “Beyond Scarcity: Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa”, listed Jordan among the top countries to be affected by climate change in terms of exhausting water supplies and resources.

Though Jordan is among the few countries in the region invested in purifying wastewater, the process is yet to make reclaimed water for industrial or agricultural purposes at an affordable, large scale, according to the WB report.

Water shortage and waste costs the Middle East and North Africa region around USD21 billion annually, the report underlined.

In light of these figures, as well as other standing aspects of the outlook on the region’s water resources, combating scarcity has become vital for the region’s growth and stability, says the WB.

Meanwhile, scarcity can be turned to security, the report highlights. The employment of advanced technologies and the enablement of preservation policies could turn threat to prospect.

According to the report, 57 per cent of the region’s sewerage is lost to un-reclaimed wastewaters.

Failing to reclaim or recycle wastewater leads to polluted natural water supplies and reservoirs, and more so when wastewaters stall instead of sipping into the ground.

While polluting resources is no less dangerous, stalling wastewater increases health and bio-hazards, which lead to diseases and pandemics, not to mention the waste itself.

Many countries in the region, including Jordan and Tunisia have begun to realise the significance of reclaiming wastewater.

Recycled water can be used to supply industrial and agricultural sectors instead of letting it waste away in the face of radical climate change, in a region that is already war-struck and unstable, the report concluded.