The Impact Of Syrian Refugees On Jordan's Water Resources

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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
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Instead it falls through broken pipes and is left as waste. According to UN estimates, the amount of water lost nationwide every year could satisfy the basic needs of half of Jordan’s population. However, water scarcity is only destined to get worse as Syria 's civil war forces more families to migrate into Jordan. Around 80% of Syrian refugees live in urban areas, putting a strain on the region’s limited water supply. Based on Mercy Corps research, their report outlines needs and recommendations to encourage international donors to help aid Jordan’s water crisis. As international groups have increased assistance to Jordan, the vast majority of funds have been focused on providing humanitarian aid and relief to refugees. As a result, more aid has been used to help incoming refugees as opposed to fixing Jordan’s diminishing economy. In order to relieve water pressures in the region, more focus needs to be directed towards upgrading infrastructure and implementing more efficient solutions towards producing freshwater resources. Furthermore, conflict must be mitigated, and conservation promoted. Empowering Syrian and Jordanian communities to work together will get rid of violence and discrimination and promote …show more content…
The article analyzes the costs and benefits for water policy options, while recommending the multi-sectoral, or big businesses, to reform Jordan’s water production. Water supply in Jordan comes primarily from the Jordan River, groundswells, rainwater, and plant extractions. The agricultural sector accounts for the majority of national water demand and workforce agencies to provide Jordan with the necessary funds in rebuilding the region’s water infrastructure. The major users of Jordan’s water supply, according to the International Water Association (IWA), includes: industrial, municipal, and tourism sectors. The overall contributors to the allocation and investments of water resource include intergovernmental organizations, and water advocacy

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