Jordan - Country Commercial Guide
Environment and Water Sector

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-10-25

Market Overview

As one of the most water-scarce country in the world, water is a valued commodity in Jordan, with demand greater than supply.  Less than 100 cubic meters of water is consumed per person annually and renewable water resources barely meet 50 percent of the country’s total water consumption, making interruptions a common occurrence. A range of factors exacerbate Jordan’s already precarious water situation including low rainfall, increased demand due to population growth (i.e. a large influx of refugees primarily from Syria and Iraq), economic development, unsustainable agricultural and aquifer/ground water pumping practices, as well as non-revenue water losses, limited water resources, deteriorating water quality, and climate change.  The Jordanian government recognizes the importance of addressing water security, which has been highlighted in Jordan 2025: A National Vision & Strategy.  Jordan’s water is utilized by three main sectors - agricultural, municipal/domestic, and industrial – which together consume close to 1000 million cubical meters annually. The agricultural sector is the most significant consumer of water resources in the country, followed by municipal/domestic and industrial sectors.

The Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) and the Ministry of Environment (MoE) handle water and environment related issues in Jordan. MoE manages the Jordan Environment Fund that includes grant funding from national and foreign organizations.  The Fund acts as an implementation arm for MoE in delivering supporting activities that contribute to environmental protection and conservation, and development of environment friendly practices. U.S. firms should monitor tender opportunities issued by both ministries, as well as the three water utilities – Miyahuna, Yarmouk Water Company, and Aqaba Water Company, each of which cover different parts of the country.

Leading Sub-Sectors

  • Waste Management
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Desalination
  • Smart Efficiency Solutions

Opportunities

The United States and Jordan enjoy excellent bilateral relations including a free trade agreement, which creates a favorable environment for U.S. companies.  As the United States is Jordan’s largest donor in the water sector, USAID has a long history of supporting projects that enhance water security. 

U.S. firms will find both export and project-based business opportunities involving infrastructure development, smart water technologies for agriculture and water (systems that automate monitoring and metering, treatment, distribution, loss, and leakage) and training/consultation services associated with water conservation, wastewater treatment, and desalination. Opportunities may range from utility company tenders, to government driven PPPs to donor-financed projects.

U.S. Companies are highly encouraged to participate in Jordanian utility bids, in which source and nationality code 937 is required for granting U.S. funds.

Examples of ongoing or upcoming water projects include: 

  • Amman Aqaba Conveyance (AAC) project: (Budget: $1-$2 billion) Infrastructure type project.
  • Projects for the Reduction of Non-Revenue Water (NRW) using (PBC): (Budget: $60.0M) ongoing project through June 2023.
  • Smart Metering, Monitoring & Controlling Systems Under NRW Project: (Budget: 70M) This project is part of an NRW project with Jordanian water utilities and is ongoing through July 2025. Six planned agreements under this activity will be signed by November 2021. 
  • In addition to water focused opportunities, U.S. firms will also find broader environmental projects that maybe of interest.  In 2020, the government of Jordan launched its Green Growth National Action Plan (2021-2025) to mainstream green growth, climate change and sustainable development objectives into sectoral strategic frameworks, the plan includes focus on six main sectors, laying out the main reforms and projects that are proposed:
  • Water: rollout of a financial mechanism to support water harvesting projects, carrying out technical projects to rationalize industrial water use and the construction of wastewater treatment plant in Zarqa at a total cost of $965 million.
  • Waste management: separating organics from municipal solid waste and a pilot project on the extended producer responsibility in the e-waste sector at a total cost of $248 million.
  • Tourism: developing the tourism industry and maximizing ecotourism in protected areas, as well as a project for resource rationalization in the tourism and hospitality sectors at a total cost of $173 million.
  • Transport: rollout of smart transport systems, the establishment of a transport excellence center and the introduction of environmentally friendly transport solutions in Irbid, Zarqa and Madaba at a total cost of $167 million.
  • Energy: development of a smart-electric grid and a public-private partnership for the construction of EV charging stations at a total cost of $85 million.
  • Agriculture: developing an information management and communication capacity building project with the green growth framework, and a resource management project in the production of olive and olive oil, as well as investing in hydroponics and a national afforestation project at a total cost of $194 million.

Resources

  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Water and Irrigation
  • Jordan Green Growth National Action Plans 2021-2025: Water sector | Green Growth Knowledge Platform
  • Water Resources & Environment | Jordan | U.S. Agency for International Development (usaid.gov)

For additional information, please contact U.S Commercial Service - Jordan at office.amman@trade.gov