Jordan is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. Rapid population growth coupled with economic development needs places huge strain on already limited water supplies. The added burden of a large refugee influx has caused water demand to rise more than 20% in just three years. While Jordan is a regional leader in areas of water management including reuse, water quality and level of service, the water sector remains in crisis. Water sector institutions struggle to meet ever-growing demand for sufficient and safe water, and groundwater extraction exceeds sustainable supply. Furthermore, water sector institutions face weaknesses related to financing, governance, sector structure, technical and planning capacity, infrastructure repair, and investment backlogs.
To help Jordan face these challenges, the Institutional Support & Strengthening Program (ISSP) worked closely with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI), Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ), Jordan Valley Authority (JVA), and government owned water utilities to reform and restructure the sector to become more efficient, sustainable, and responsive to consumer needs. ISSP provided technical assistance for better management of water and wastewater services and addressed key institutional constraints to more effective sector management and efficient service delivery. These measures helped Jordan respond to current pressures and addressed future needs in order to achieve better water security.