Support for Jordanian communities in response to the Syrian refugee crisis through water wise plumbers (WWP)

Project description

Title: Support for Jordanian communities in response to the Syrian refugee crisis through water wise plumbers (WWP)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Jordan
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI)
Overall term: 2014 to 2016


Jordan is one of the world’s most arid countries in terms of the amount of water available per capita. The refugee crisis means that these scant water resources have to meet the needs of even more people every day. This country of 6.3 million residents has now accepted over 625,000 Syrian refugees. About 80 per cent of these refugees live in Jordan’s towns, cities and communities. The number of people living in many of these communities has doubled as a result. Already inadequate infrastructure to provide the public with energy, education, health care and, above all, water is reaching its breaking point. With over 300,000 Syrian refugees currently registered in the governorates of Amman and Irbid, in particular, local water resources are under much greater pressure.

Virtually all directly available water resources have been tapped, but they are often only used to a limited degree or very inefficiently. Estimates indicate that up to 40 per cent of the water transported by pipe is lost nationwide because pipelines are dilapidated and have sometimes been installed unprofessionally and are improperly maintained. Pipelines are old, and there is also a lack of skilled professionals who can install, service and repair them. Water connections and pipeline infrastructure that have been improperly installed and repaired and the shortage of qualified male and female plumbers are also leading to water losses in residential buildings.


Water pipelines in residential buildings are repaired by newly trained male and female plumbers in the two governorates of Amman and Irbid. Water losses in private households are contained.


The project Support for Jordanian Communities in Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis through Water Wise Plumbers (WWP) is to help to contain water losses in private households in the governorates of Amman and Irbid through awareness-raising campaigns and by training male and female plumbers. This training is to be made available to Syrian refugees as well.

Key project partners include the Vocational Training Corporation (VTC) and two vocational training institutes each in the governorates of Amman and Irbid. VTC is the nationwide executing agency for all vocational training institutes. The project provides financing to train up to 150 apprentices. This approach ensures that training is needs-based and gender sensitive. The project is partnering with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation’s public relations department and providing targeted support for media campaigns to draw the public's attention to high water losses in private households and motivate people to take appropriate action.