Water meter being installed during the laying of new drinking water pipes in the town of Mafraq, Jordan

Priority area Water Promoting sustainable water management

Jordan is one of the most water-poor countries in the world. The influx of refugees from Syria is placing additional strain on the country's scarce water resources and severely stretched water infrastructure. This is also heightening the risk of conflict over how existing water resources are shared out.

The aim of the German-Jordanian water programme is to make water management more efficient and sustainable. It focuses in particular on the close relationship, or "nexus", between water supply, power supply and food security. Cooperation is concentrated on management of water resources, the treatment and re-use of wastewater, energy efficiency in the water sector, reducing water loss and water pricing.

Thanks to the activities undertaken over recent years, it has been possible to improve the water supply for just under two million people. Amongst those who have benefited are thirty Jordanian communities who are hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees.

Wastewater treatment plant in Madaba

Wastewater treatment plant in Madaba

Wastewater treatment plant in Madaba