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Symposium 2011

Implementation - Conserving Water in the Dead Sea

The Challenge

Two fifths of the world’s population faces water shortages. During the coming decades, water scarcity is expected to rise as a result of a rapid increase in the demand for water due to population gr ...

Two fifths of the world’s population faces water shortages. During the coming decades, water scarcity is expected to rise as a result of a rapid increase in the demand for water due to population growth, urbanization and increasing consumption of water per capita. In addition, climate change is expected to influence the supply of water, modifying the regional distribution of freshwater resources.

Jordan’s Dead Sea is threatened by water scarcity, raising pressure to save the dwindling resource.

Project goal: Conserving water

Project type: Grey water recycling – that’s water originating from the shower and bath. It’s to be processed locally and reused in the service sector.

Project size: Saving 5,500 cubic meters of water a year at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel in Jordan

Project partners: German Society for International Cooperation (GiZ) and Hansgrohe SE

Jordan's tourism industry faces a major dilemma. The sector is booming but it’s placing a huge strain on dwindling water resources. Ground water levels in the Jordan River basin are dropping with more water removed than flows in. The problem isn’t confined to Jordan alone. Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, who all rely on Jordan for fresh water, are also affected. Now, Jordan has launched a pilot project to tackle the water crunch. A hotel is using a novel system to recycle grey water. It involves processing water originating from the shower or bath. The project could help save one-third of the country's precious drinking water supplies.

 

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