On Sunday November 8, 2020, his Majesty King Abdullah the second attended the opening ceremony of the 129.5 Million USD Wadi Arab Water System II Project at Manshyeh village of North Shounha in the Jordan Valley. His Majesty toured the state-of-the-art drinking water treatment plant and control center of the project. The event was also attended by the Prime Minister Dr Bisher Al-Khasawneh and the Minister of Water and Irrigation Dr Motasim Saidan
The Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) has implemented and completed the construction of Wadi Arab Water System II Project, the most prestigious water project in the Northern Governate of Irbid and the second of its kind in Jordan. The project scope is to reduce the current water deficit in the Northern Governorates by providing treated water to comply with the Jordanian Standards number 276/2015 as well as WHO guidelines from a planned new source of raw water. This project was undertaken to provide additional water to the Yarmouk Water Company service area, which is comprised of the four Northern Governorates of Irbid, Ajlun, Jerash, and Mafraq. The raw water will come from additional quantities of water to be transferred from Lake Tiberius, and Groundwater from the Mukheiba wells.and Al Wahdah Dam to the King Abdullah Canal (KAC). The water produced and supplied from this project is intended for the Irbid Governorate, although any surplus water could potentially be transferred to neighboring governorates.
The project became a reality through a combination of soft loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and a grant from the European Union (EU) towards the costs of the Project construction. In addition, a grant by USAID secured the design cost of the project. The American Consultant CDM Smith International who designed the project was also contracted through the construction stage for supervision and quality assurance. A Turkish Joint Venture Contractor (MAPA- Ozaltin) who have a wide verity of International experience in similar infrastructure projects in Middle East Africa and Europe was contracted to construct the project.
The project construction begun on January 2017 and was concluded on July 2020, the project also include an Operation, Maintenance and Training (OM & T) component that will commence after the completion of Construction and continue for a period of two years that will enable the Contractor to train the local water Company (Yarmouk Water Company) Engineers and Technicon to ensure smooth transfer of the facilities to the Yarmouk Water Company.
The project components include the following:
▪ A raw water intake from the King Abdallah Chanel (KAC) and low lift pump station located adjacent to the KAC on the south side of Manshyeh village in the Jordan Valley, the intake pump station will include fine and coarse screens, low lift pumps, and chlorine dioxide generators.
▪ A new Water Treatment Plant (WTP) constructed on land to the east of Manshyeh village in the Jordan Valley at Elevation -198 meters. This drinking WTP will provide conventional treatment of the raw water.
▪ 25.6km 1200mm transmission pipeline to convey the treated water has been excuted from the WTP East of Manshyeh village in the Jordan Valley through the towns of Sama, Tabeah, and Kofer Youba and connecting to Zabda Reservoir in Irbid.
▪ Four pump stations were constructed along the transmission pipeline to lift the treated water from the treatment plant at elevation -200 under sea level to the Zabda Reservoir at elevation 625 meters above sea level.
The Ministry of Water and Irrigation extends appreciation and gratitude to all who contributed to the successful completion of the project including the funding agencies (the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), European Union (EU), and United Stated Agency of International Development (USAID) towards the costs of the Project construction. In addition, a grant by USAID, the Consulting Engineer (CDM Smith International, the Contractor (MAPA- Ozaltin), Yarmouk Water Company, the Electrical Distribution Company (EDCO), and all other governmental agencies.