Yet slightly expected…
“The richest 30% of the population controls around 60% of the total income” [source]
Meanwhile, the poorest 30% possesses only 11% of total income. Something to think about.
“Agriculture consumes 65% of available water, while its economic return on the GDP stands at 3%” [source]
If we were major exporters of say, bananas or watermelon, then I would probably argue in favor of having so much water allocated to the agricultural sector. But we’re not. There is instead a reliance on the “we’re a water-poor, resource-barren” country attitude that has gotten us no where except to bad-aid-ville, over and over again. Yes, we have little water, but there is massive, massive, massive mismanagement when it comes to this field, because we’re still acting like a country with no water problems instead of one that is striving to save every drop. Forget about wasting water on a dying agricultural sector, what about the industrial and service sector; how much water is wasted there? Are hotels and tourism complexes and licensed skyscrapers adhering to any unique set of strict water codes and regulations the likes of which only Jordan could envision? No. Instead they’re allowing a country like Jordan to open up water parks and golf courses. That helps explain how 51% of our water is wasted.
A new attitude in public policy needs to be taken, and a new water-conserving culture in society needs to be developed; otherwise, mismanagement will hang us all out to dry.