US Morganti firm undertakes Amman water system rehabilitation
Jordan’s National Water Authority recently commenced rehabilitation works on the west-southwest area of Greater Amman water supply system at the Yasmin reservoir site. Construction is being undertaken by US firm Morganti Group under a $65 million contract with the Authority, confirmed a press release.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing grant funding of about $55 million for the construction, and close to seven million dollars for the engineering services for the project.
Scheduled to be completed by March 2005, the initiative is a component of the Greater Amman Water System Rehabilitation and Improvement Program to substantially reduce distribution system water losses from total unaccounted-for water losses of 50-55 percent, down to 20-25 percent. The total estimated construction cost of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation’s Water System Rehabilitation and Improvement Program is about $220 million.
USAID is participating in funding the rehabilitation of 40 percent of the system, equivalent to 16 water distribution zones of western Amman, serving about 700,000 residents. Other donors are providing funds for the rehabilitation of the balance of the Greater Amman water system.
This activity along with improved operations and management of the system, will have a major impact by saving water supplies for Amman residents and the country. Overall, the US Government has provided $420 million in grant funds for the Jordan water sector since 1993. — (menareport.com)
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