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By undefined | Categories: Water Articles | 18th September 2019 | Edit | Delete
A lack of joined up thinking on water resources and utility services has led to unsustainable water systems, says Tom Scotney.   This month’s Water Leader interview with Timothy … More
By undefined | Categories: Regional Issues | 15th September 2019 | Edit | Delete
The vast majority of utilities in the Arab World still managed by governments and their respective  water utilities. International organizations, consultants and financing banks tried o… More
Great article, thanks for sharing such information
I read this article and I believe we need to go ahead with PSP as it is more save.
This is indeed very important article and we should do something about this issue ASAP.
By naden-atia | Categories: Water Articles | 14th September 2019
Let me first thank all the members of the MEWF.  It is really N1 portal I have ever seen for Water .  Nice and great work.  It is my first post here and I would like to ask abo… More
Good evening every one,
I am new in this wonderful forum and really happy that we have such useful forum in our arabic countries. I came back to Palestine from the USA for holidays and found out that most of people are using RO system. I am not sure maybe here in Palestine we need such system! Just in case any one can say something about wether we need RO System in Palestine then this is would be really appreciated. I have shared this article into my facebook so also people get to know wether they need it or not in Palestine.
Thank you
Thanks for such useful question and answer I also decided not to install RO system in Jordan
I would like to thank all of you. Also Dr. Hazim and eng. Susan,
I really really appreciate your answers. I am so happy to see that I got answer so quickly. That is really great place.
I will invite all my friend to use such nice and useful portal.
Thanks again for your efforts
Just would like to thank all you
I have learned, I was thinking to install RO system but will not do that after I learned that this is not good idea.
thank you for the useful information
The TDS level currently in the tap water of Amman is around 500 mg per litre and hardness is within the healthy limits.
I personally do not recommend having RO at home because that will strip water from the essential minerals leaving water with high affinity to dissolve anything that it comes into contact with. Human body needs the salts and minerals (cations and anions) in their natural balanced form
Tap water is monitored for hundreds of parameters including radionuclides while mineral water undergo less monitoring and there are many articles that consider tap water safer than the bottled water. Bottled water is not necessarily mineral water on the contrary the TDS Is taken away by RO leaving water without the essential minerals for health
This is Susan Kilani
Tap water in Jordan is monitored around the clock for its compliance with the national drinking water standard and yes it is safe to drink directly from the tap. The Jordanian standard is derived from the World Health Organization Guidelines for Drinking Water after being tailored to the local context. Given the intermitant nature of the supply people are advised to check their house roof tanks and internal connections.
Dear Naden, Dear Aymen-2, Dear Moustafa: Thanks a lot for the questions and answers. Your questions will be sent to our water quality Expert Eng. Suzan Kilani to seek her opinion.
Good day,
I also want to ask regarding the the RO system. Shall we use it at home ? i mean does the water that come to our home require RO systems?
Thank you if you can answer my question
Good question, I believe the drinking water is good if it fit certain level of TDS Today Dissolved Solids in it. So the amount of inorganic salts (nitrates, chlorides, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, etc. I am not the best one but i hope to get more detail answer.
Also not sure if jordan tap water is safe to drink but hope to get answer from local expert.
hope this helps
By dr-hazim-el-naser-1 | Categories: Water Articles | 1st September 2019
I have just arrived back from World Water Week, held every year in Stockholm. As one of the main focal points for global water issues, there was a lot to discuss. Here is what I took away from the eve… More
Nice and great decision.
Hope we see improvement in the neat future.
thank you for sharing the overview
Thank you Susan-Muller: I agree with you and would like to add, if we keep pressing then we will make the change
Thanks for sharing the summary of such important event
That is very interesting and if they will really change such poor policies then we can say, yes we are in the right direction.

An average of 56% of subsidies are captured by the wealthiest 20% of the population while a mere 6% is captured by the poorest 20%. This is going to lead to some big changes in policy.

I hope we will see changes in the near future, let us see...
thank you Christopher for an amazing useful article
By undefined | Categories: Water Articles | 24th August 2019 | Edit | Delete
In many countries of the Middle East, there are still inadequate capacities concerning the treatment and reuse of wastewater, despite water scarcity and the existing demand in agriculture. In Le… More
thanks Dr. Armin for sharing such important project. I would appreciate sharing the results on the forum. good luck
By undefined | Categories: Water Articles | 4th August 2019 | Edit | Delete
Water from a Stone: Jordanians Stretch Meager Resources to Sustain Syrian Refugees By Kathy Sullivan Zaatari village lies just south of Jordan’s border with Syria, where small villages are… More
By raya | Categories: Water Articles | 24th July 2019
Journal Paper by Raya A. Al-Masri, Jonathan Chenoweth, and Richard J. Murphy Environmental Science and Policy, Volume 100, October 2019, Pages 192-204   ABSTRACT The Water-Energy Nex… More
Thanks Yousef. Would love to read more about your research on the nexus, hopefully through your contribution to the MEWF.
That is a very useful paper, I am doing research in Nexus and found very nice publication in the MEWF. Thank you for your contribution.
Well done Raya, this is the kind of research we would like to see in the ME. Actually we are among the least regions when it comes to research related to Water-Energy and Food Nexus.
By undefined | Categories: Water Articles | 21st July 2019 | Edit | Delete
Decentralised Wastewater Management for Adaptation to Climate Change in Jordan (ACC-Project)  1.0 Introduction  The Jordan Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) in close cooperation… More
GIZ is the best, they are working hard to help us
thank you GIZ.
This the kind of technologies we need to combat climate change. Thanks to the orgnizatoins and teams who prepared such an important study
This is really a very strong study. Thank for the German government for helping our country.
They are honest and the best partners that our government should work with.
Thank you guys for sharing this paper. Honestly when i see this forum and the publications I see that we are going high and high.
Thanks for sharing such nice paper.
By undefined | Categories: Regional Issues | 12th July 2019 | Edit | Delete
Dr. Hazim El-Naser Chairman of the Middle East Water Forum Former Minister of Water and Irrigation / Jordan Former Minister of Agriculture / Jordan Former Member of the Jordanian Parliamen… More
Many thanks Dr Hazim for the interesting and valuable topic. To add to your article, proper governance on the national and sectoral level is a key issue. Water utilities in the Arab region are controlled by the central government in terms of tariff and investments and thus highly affecting utility performance.
An effective and independent regulatory framework can support improving efficiency and protect both water utilities and customers. On the national level, regulatory entities can protect water utilities by proposing fair tariff to ensure cost recovery of the utility which will result improved level of service and sustainability of investments. This will be implemented under a performance monitoring scheme to ensure utilities are operated in the most efficient way.
On the sectoral level, regulator will provide a base for and improved PPPs by supporting utilities in selecting proper PPP model, preparing contracts, and setting performance targets. The regulator is a key factor to ensure risks are shared between utilities and the private sector and this will promote for an effective partnership with the private sector which will be reflected on utility operation and level of service.
Dear Liala-1
Welcome to MEWF, looking forward to your contribution
Wonderfull article, I will contribute to this forum.
I was looking for such forum since long time and finally I am happy to find such a wonderful one to share ideas and contribute. All the best for your guys, great job
Laila from USA
I like reading this article and learn more about the water issue in the Arab Region.
That is great article and hope we can learn from it and try to fix such great issues.
Thank you Dr. Hazim El-Naser for writing such article. I also like your forum, it is so nice one... Congratulation.
a very valuable article with long term vision and scientific assessment of the current situation, all the best
Great article Dr. Hazim on one of the important topics on water security. GW in the region is out of sight, out of mind that needs new policies and agreements on this transboundary resource.
Thank you Michael Dorschi, we need your valuable contribution
Dr Fadel, We need your contribution to the Middle East Water Forum
Very nice article Dr. Hazim,
You are a great person and like to read all your publication.
When i see that you are the owner of this system then i know it should be nice and it is really more than nice.
I have never seen something organized and clean like this system.
I wish you all the success
Dr. Fadel
Although the article is not long but contains great information about the groundwater in the Arab region. A very rich and interesting subject
Thank you Dr. Hazem Al-Nasser, the expert and the great teacher
Very Nice article. I have enjoyed reading and learning more info about what is going in the Arab Region.
Thank you Dr. Hazim for such nice contribution.
By undefined | Categories: Water Articles | 6th July 2019 | Edit | Delete
Both the public and the private sectors face challenges accessing capital and financing for climate resilience projects, as well as justifying the upfront costs. The term “resilient” refer… More