Contracted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), WSI in cooperation with ATB WATER GmbH have finalised a comprehensive study on business opportunities – including a financial analyses – in small-scale wastewater treatment in rural and peri-urban areas in Jordan.

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) the Project “Decentralized Wastewater Management for Adaptation to Climate Change in Jordan” (ACC Project) started in June 2014 with the aim to strengthen the capacity of the Jordanian counterparts, especially the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI), the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) and others in DWWM. The focus is to elaborate measures of DWWM for climate change adaptation to support the implementation of the Jordanian National DWWM Policy. The project is in the process of identifying best practice measures for DWWM in the country, incl. means how to sustainably operate DWWM systems to pave the way for scaling-up.

Decentralized wastewater treatment plants (DWWTPs) offer an opportunity to introduce WW treatment and generate treated effluents to be used for irrigation water and others uses such, industries, cement, gardening, golf course, etc., in places that are not connected to centralized treatment plants and that cannot be connected cost-efficiently. The advantages of decentralized technologies include their capability to provide WW treatment infrastructure in remote and hilly rural communities and their flexible adaptation to fast-growing semi-urban settlements. DWWM can service locations that cannot be serviced by centralized systems due to technical and financial limitations.

The study contracted to ATB/WSI looked into a number of potential business models, especially in conjunction with the involvement of private stakeholders. A new approach was considered and discussed in detail, featuring CO2 offsetting and compensation schemes. The respective model indicated financial advantages, fully meets many donors’ requirements on climate change actions and will be further developed by WSI experts.