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MCA-Jordan begins tender issues for water project.

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The Millennium Challenge Account-Jordan (MCA-Jordan) has begun releasing tenders for its Water Network Project, financed by the US Government's Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to improve the water supply to Zarqa Governorate.

This year will see six contracts issued through the Government Tenders Directorate (GTD), MCA-Jordan's procurement agent.

In early April, the Primary and Secondary Water Networks Restructuring Network Contract (1) released, while the Secondary Water Networks Restructuring and Rehabilitation Contract (2) to Contract (5) will be available in May or June. Finally, the Basateen Pumping Station and Reservoir Contract (6) will be issued in September.

These tenders will be available on MCA-Jordan's website and on the website of GTD. A tenders advertisement will be also issued on the websites of the United Nations Development Business (UNDB).

The project is designed to decrease water network losses, increase amounts of water delivered to customers, and therefore decrease the costs incurred by Governorate's locals who seek water from alternative resources to satisfy their needs.


Part of the $275m Millennium Challenge Compact between the US and Jordan (MCC - Compact) which is designed to further economic growth through expanded access to clean water and sanitation for the people of Jordan, the Water Network Project is one of three major projects being undertaken by the partnership.

Already under construction are the Wastewater Network Project (designed to extend modern sewers to urban areas in Zarqa) and the As-Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project (designed to increase the country's capacity to treat nearly all wastewater generated in Amman and Zarqa, and creating new supplies of water that can be used in agriculture in the fertile Jordan Valley).

Commenting on the project's prospects, Eng. Kamal Zoubi, MCA-Jordan CEO said: "This Water Network Project will enhance water flow to citizens

from 62 to 89 liter/capita/day and reduce the non-revenue water losses from over 50% to 35% by 2016 through restructuring the transition of the water supply systems from periodic distribution under high pressure to more frequent, gravity-fed distribution."

"The MCC funded projects are designed to create a more efficient water utility system and to solve Zarqa Governorate's poor water conditions where water delivery systems are antiquated and incidents of sewage overflow are common. Of course, all of that is only amplified by the increase in population," he added.

According to Zoubi, the project's infrastructure works will take slightly over two and a half years to complete with the remaining years of the Compact devoted to ensuring no defects arise.

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