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Jordan Drafts Emergency Water Plan on Lack of Rain, Times Says

Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation is drafting an emergency water plan because of a lack of rain this year, which has hit the country’s water storage, the Jordan Times reported.

The emergency plan, ordered by the ministry from the Water Authority of Jordan and the Jordan Valley Authority, must be submitted by the two authorities next week, the Amman-based newspaper reported, citing Adnan Zu’bi, ministry assistant secretary general.

The two authorities have been asked to develop a program to better manage the scarce amounts of water at the kingdom’s dams for the next five months, the newspaper reported. The public water supply will remain unchanged and the Water Authority of Jordan will continue to provide water in accordance with the country’s water distribution program, the Times reported, citing the ministry.

Jordan’s dams currently hold 37 percent of their total capacity, compared to 32 percent during the same period last year, the newspaper reported, citing official government figures.

Jordan is the world’s fourth-poorest country in terms of water resources, with an annual deficit of 500 million cubic meters.

To contact the reporter on this story: Massoud A. Derhally in Beirut, Lebanon, at mderhally@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net.

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