Monday, May 31, 2004

Global Water Management Conference

Around 1,000 water experts from more than 30 countries are taking part in the five-day global conference for water management, which was opened yesterday in Jordan. The conference aims at finding the best policies and most efficient ways of using water and saving water resources from being wasted.
According to the Minister of Water and Irrigation, the amount of water available for personal use will drop noticeably by year 2025, whereas the capital investments in developing water supplies would increase to around the double, which is not affordable. Therefore, and to fulfill the requirements, Jordan will be reducing household water losses in order to save around 100 million cubic meters (mcm) by 2050; enhancing the efficiency of agricultural and irrigation policies, and minimizing groundwater over-pumping in order to save another 90mcm a year.
The conference is funded by the US Agency for International Development through its Water Efficiency and Public Information for Action Program.