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MCA-Jordan launches tenders for water network project.

Amman, March 31 (Petra) -- The Millennium Challenge Account-Jordan announced Sunday that it has begun releasing tenders for its Water Network Project, financed by the US's Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to improve the water supply to Zarqa Governorate, 25km north east of Amman.

The project aims to decrease water network losses, increase amounts of water delivered to customers, and decrease the costs incurred by governorate's locals who seek water from alternative resources to satisfy their needs, according to a press release by MCA.

The Water Network Project is part of the $275.1 million Millennium Challenge Compact between the Jordan and the U.S, which is designed to further economic growth through expanded access to clean water and sanitation.

MCA executive director Kamal Zoubi said the project's tenders will be released in six contracts this year through the Government Tenders Directorate (GTD), the company's procurement agent, as follows: The first tender is Primary and Secondary Water Networks Restructuring Network Contract (1) by April, 1st; the Secondary Water Networks Restructuring and Rehabilitation Contract (2) to Contract (5) by May/June; and Basateen Pumping Station and Reservoir Contract (6) by September.

Zoubi added that the Water Network Project is one of three major projects funded by the MCC-Compact and being implemented by MCA-Jordan. He noted that 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, creating new supplies of water that can be used in agriculture in the fertile Jordan Valley are currently underway.

"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," Zoubi stated. He pointed out that 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 2.5 years to complete while the remaining years of the Compact will be to ensure no defects.

The project's tenders will be available on MCA-Jordan's website ( and on the website of GTD ( Furthermore, a tenders advertisement will be issued on the websites of the United Nations Development Business (UNDB:, and the Development Gateway Market (dgMarket:, in addition to publishing the advertisement in key Jordanian daily newspapers. The tenders are open to local and international contractors. In implementing our projects, MCA-Jordan follows stringent environmental and social regulations that conform to MCC and best global practices. "The local community has commended the mitigation measures applied in both the Wastewater Network Project and the As-Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion. The people of the Governorate realize that we are doing our best to offer them safety and limit pollution and noise as well as other matters," Zoubi explained.

MCA-Jordan also proactively and continuously reaches out to the local community living around and near infrastructure sites to educate them about the types of works, start and completion dates, safety measures, etc. This moreover allows the company to receive valuable feedback to support its operations. //Petra// A SH 31/3/2013 - 01:58:44 PM

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