28 March 2019
In Amman, the arid capital of Jordan, water scarcity has always been a problem, and it is getting worse due to the immigration and climate change: Syrian refugees has increased water demand in the country by roughly 20% and, according to a study by Stanford University’s Jordan Water Project, average temperature will increase by 4.5°C, rainfall will decrease by 30%, and droughts will double by 2100. Today, water supply is intermittent, and many neighborhoods in Amman receive running water for only 12 to 24 hours a week. Moreover, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation regularly flies drones to monitor pipelines looking for signs water theft. In order to solve water scarcity, Jordan government is shifting towards a sustainable economy: National Green Growth Plan will focus on environmental issues such as severe water shortages, critical water systems degradation and waste management. At the same time, Amman is developing a Green City Action Plan that include current plans on resilience and climate action because in Amman every drop of water counts.