Grey water recycling proves popular in Jordan

Recycling domestic water for agricultural purposes is proving a popular conservation method amongst people in southern Jordan

Recycling domestic water for agricultural purposes is proving a popular conservation method amongst people in southern Jordan, where a EU-funded development project is winding down after successfully convincing local communities of the idea's merits.

The three-year-old "Rehabilitation of Drought Affected Communities" (RDAC) project installed 41 grey water filtration systems in homes in Maan as part of a test for the remainder of the community to observe.

"After people saw the benefits of the systems the demand became so great that we are barely able to cope," RDAC Project Manager Fadi Shraideh said. Each village RDAC worked in now has a trained technician installing the JD100-JD230 grey water cleaning mechanism. Grey water is produced from domestic uses such as dishwashing, sink water and bathing but it excludes sewage. According to the specialist, filtration systems can cut a household's water bill by half, thus reducing water consumption by as much as 50%.

The non-profit Care International is executing the RDAC project in cooperation with local non-governmental organisations. Shraideh added that RDAC's upcoming project would put in 1,000 filtration systems in Jordan in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning and the Islamic Network for Water Resources Development and Management.

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