The Impact Of Syrian Refugees On Jordan 's Water Resources Essay

1818 Words Sep 20th, 2016 8 Pages
Topic: The Impact of Syrian Refugees on Jordan’s Water Resources

Gluck, Caroline. "Syrian Refugee Influx Adding to Jordan 's Water Worries."Oxfam Policy and Practice. N.p., 11 Apr. 2013. Web. 18 Sept. 2016.

North of Jordan’s urban city areas lies the Mafraq farms which are filled with growing vegetables and olive trees. The farm also acquires one of the largest water producing wells in the Jordanian valley. However, the area is currently facing several water disparities due to the increasing number of Syrian refugees migrating into the region. Approximately 3,000 cubic meters of water are delivered daily to Zaatari camp, providing refugees with clean water for drinking, cleaning, and other uses. The high demand for water production has placed a huge strain on Jordan, which is already ranked one of the most water-deprived countries in the world. Due to the water constraints, Jordan is only able to provide 150 cubic meters of water per person on an annual basis. This statistic is much lower than the 500 cubic meters which equates to the level of water scarcity according to UN global estimates. As a result, Jordan must find a way to extract more water from the ground in order to help sustain a supply sufficient enough for both the Jordanian community and the Syrian refugees.

The case study conducted by Oxfam clearly identifies the problem in the Executive Summary, and statistical evidence to support how much water has been lost since the start of the Syrian crisis in…

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