Two articles of interest caught my attention today, both related to water in Jordan, or the lack thereof:
Jordan has invited private firms to tender for the Disi project — estimated to cost 944 million dollars — on a build, operate and transfer basis under a 25-year-concession agreement.
“The treasury will handle around 220 million dollars of the project, which is expected to be ready in 2011 or 2012 to help tackle a growing water deficit,” said Oweis. Water drawn from Disi would meet Amman’s demands for 50 years, experts say. [source]
On the Red-Dead Canal, Oweis is quoted as saying: “it will solve the water problem in Jordan and the region”.
According to the Jordan Times, the multi-million dollar economic feasibility study and environmental assessment of the $2-4 billion Red-Dead Canal, is scheduled to start within three weeks. The study will be done in about 2 years with officials saying there are plans to reduce that period to 18 months, which means it will take 2 years.
Meanwhile, Jordan’s growth is at 3.5% with hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees, Egyptian, Indian and Philipino workers. So the only realistic solution seems to be banning all non-Jordanians, and as for the rest of us, we should implement China’s one-child policy and start drinking Pepsi. I think it’s cheaper anyways.
One would think that in a country that is this water-stricken, the move to get these projects would be just a little bit faster.
Just a little.