November 2013: Millennium Challenge Account-Jordan Engages Cowater on Multi-year Contract to Improve the Condition of Home Water Systems in Jordan

Cowater International Inc. recently signed a contract with the Millennium Challenge Account in Jordan to manage and implement the Water Smart Homes – Social, Outreach and Engineering Services Project (WSHs-SOES). This multi-million dollar project, funded by US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), will improve the condition of home water systems and decrease costs that households, particularly poor households, in Zarqa Governorate incur to satisfy their subsistence drinking water needs. The project, to be carried out in association with three other firms, will be executed over a period of approximately three years. The Zarqa Governorate is located just outside Amman and includes the cities of Zarqa and Russeifa.

To achieve this, Cowater will be responsible for the overall management, design and implementation of an awareness and outreach campaign and oversight of infrastructure improvements. Specifically, the outreach campaign will promote adoption of residential water best management practices to maintain water quality and quantity within households, with particular focus on low income households. It will include information on how to keep water safe during storage and use, and how to use water efficiently. Awareness of the relationship between unsafe water and health will also be communicated. Moreover, the campaign will also address the public’s perceptions of the provision of water and wastewater services. Management of the infrastructure component will ensure that improvements result in permanent water quality and quantity benefits within target households and, by example and duplication, in neighboring households.

This project will be managed by Cowater’s Water, Sanitation and Environment Group and builds on other recent MCC funded water and sanitation work in Mozambique and Lesotho.