Our Approach

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) the project is supporting partner organisations in decentralised wastewater management as a measure for climate change adaptation.

The project promotes the efficient use of water resources by a twofold approach. Precious groundwater resources are protected by reduced pollution of aquifers with untreated wastewater. At the same time, the treated wastewater is reused thus substituting freshwater.

Both elements lay the ground for a future that might bring even more severe climatic conditions to the region, thus potentially increasing the stress on the already limited available water resources. The geographical focus of the project is the Northern Governorates in Jordan. This region is strongly affected by the Syrian refugees influx and will most probably suffer most from climate change.

A model for operating a decentralized sewage treatment plant for domestic and industrial wastewater is being developed and implemented at a pilot site in cooperation with the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the Water Authority of Jordan, municipalities and industries.

Methods for reusing the treated wastewater for agriculture, urban parks, and industrial recycling processes are being communicated to relevant actors and are being tested. Capacities of stakeholders in decentralized wastewater management as a measure for climate change adaptation are strengthened.