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Water from a stone : Jordanians stretch meager resources to sustain Syrian refugees

Jordan is among the driest countries in the world. Rapid population growth has reduced the amount of fresh water available to the average Jordanian to less than 158 cubic meters per year—10 times less than the average U.S. citizen consumes. The renewable water supply—the water that is replenished each year by rainfall—only meets about half of total water consumption.  The rest of the water used in Jordan comes primarily from aquifers that are slowly being depleted; alternative sources such as desalination are very expensive. [authors abstract]

TitleWater from a stone : Jordanians stretch meager resources to sustain Syrian refugees
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSullivan, K
Pagination3 p.; photographs
Date Published2013-07-01
PublisherUSAID
Place PublishedWashington, DC, USA
Keywordscase studies, jordan zaatari village, rainwater harvesting, revolving funds
Abstract

Jordan is among the driest countries in the world. Rapid population growth has reduced the amount of fresh water available to the average Jordanian to less than 158 cubic meters per year—10 times less than the average U.S. citizen consumes. The renewable water supply—the water that is replenished each year by rainfall—only meets about half of total water consumption.  The rest of the water used in Jordan comes primarily from aquifers that are slowly being depleted; alternative sources such as desalination are very expensive. [authors abstract]

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