ICRC’s water program was initiated as a response to the Syrian conflict and the influx of refugees. The program evolved from emergency interventions in transit sites to addressing lack of water supply in local communities hosting refugees. The “Host Communities Critical Water Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program” intervened in 51 water facilities, benefiting 1.2 million Syrians and Jordanians. Key outcomes included the increase of water per capita share, reduction in non-revenue water and building resilience in the water system.
As Jordan experienced stabilization in terms of influx of refugees, the ICRC shifted its focus to sustainability, developing a capacity building program. A workshop building and training center was constructed in Hofa, Irbid Governorate aiming to enhance the operational capabilities and technical expertise of Yarmouk Water Company staff. Training sessions were designed and offered to O&M teams, focusing on good practices, corrective and preventive maintenance.
The implemented water program intervened in a geographical and technical area where water authorities, development actors and financial institutions co-exist. With humanitarian funding declining, the ICRC hopes that actors with long-term presence and objectives would increase their support to rural communities, invest in O & M to prevent collapse of water infrastructure, and improve coordination among them with an ultimate goal to serve communities affected by conflict, and ‘leave no one behind’
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