Healing Garden – Providing a Sustainable Water Supply
March 3, 2017

Program launch: Innovative Sanitation Solutions and Reuse in Arid Regions (ISSRAR)

Landscape in Jordan

At a time when groundwater protection and reuse of biosolids and wastewater have become urgent issues in Jordan, BORDA in cooperation with Switzerland-based seecon, through funding provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), has formed a consortium named "Innovative Sanitation Solutions and Reuse in Arid Regions" (ISSRAR). This implementing consortium will be supported by the Jordanian partner organisation Future Pioneers for Empowering Communities (FPEC), CONSULAQUA (Hamburg), the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ (Leipzig) and other long-time sector partners from Jordan, Germany and Switzerland.

The ISSRAR project, officially launched on 7 December 2017, will focus on increasing wastewater treatment efficiency and improving faecal sludge management, with the aim of turning waste streams into physical and financial resource streams by ensuring and promoting safe reuse of treated wastewater and biosolids. Furthermore, the project will contribute to reducing environmental risks, creating better living conditions, and improving the resilience of host communities in Jordan.

In line with Jordan's National Water Strategy 2016-2025, the implementing consortium will work hand-in-hand with local communities and national stakeholders to develop an intervention strategy based on participatory planning approaches that support host communities and operators of existing wastewater treatment plants. Thus, the consortium will first assess the current situation (inception phase) through listening sessions and collaborations with local stakeholders and citizens to establish a customised and mutually agreeable plan of action.

At the end of the inception phase, the consortium will translate its findings into a suitable intervention plan, determining suitable infrastructure and operational concepts, defining awareness-raising and capacity-building activities, and developing recommendations for legal and regulatory amendments aimed at policy and behaviour changes. In bringing together these elements, the intervention plan will enable reuse and resource recovery at the community level.

In this project, BORDA is responsible for system design, infrastructure development and engagement with Jordanian partners. seecon will focus on the software component of the project, which includes awareness raising, consultations and capacity-building processes. Through its combined expertise, this consortium brings the capacity to develop and implement a holistic solution to the sanitation challenges faced by small and unserved communities in Jordan.

With BORDA as an implementing partner and in line with Jordan’s national water strategy, the SDC-funded ISSRAR project aims to ensure and promote safe reuse of treated wastewater and biosolids–turning waste streams into resource streams

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