Jordan is facing a growing water crisis. Jordan’s water challenge begins with natural aridity that is forecasted to get worse in the coming decades. Its per capita share of renewable water resources is less than 100 cubic meters per year, which is expected to fall to 90 cubic meters per year by the year 2025. Population growth has further exacerbated an already stressed water sector, while the influx of Syrian refugees has placed an additional burden on the water supply services. This is particularly true in the northern governorates, which already suffer from water resources that are even more strained. Lastly, Jordan has limited renewable water resources, and groundwater for irrigation and drinking water is being over-abstracted at twice the rate of recharge for the aquifers, which furthers reduces the availability and quality of water.
U.S. Embassy Amman’s water plan leverages an interagency approach that directly supports the USG Global Water Strategy and the USAID Agency-specific Plan to promote water security by increasing sustainable access to drinking water and wastewater services in an exceedingly water scarce environment. Supporting the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) and the priorities identified through their Water Sector Capital Investment Plan 2016–2025, USAID/Jordan is focused on: 1) expanding water and wastewater infrastructure; 2) strengthening water sector governance, including reducing non-revenue water (NRW); and 3) increasing water conservation.