USAID/Jordan is considering a project to provide technical assistance to the NRW program, and improve water utilities' self-reliance by improving their capacities to plan, design, procure, and manage infrastructure upgrades so that future upgrades can be completed autonomously. The project is for three years contract with optional two additional years with an estimated budget of 10-12 Million US$

PROJECT INFORMATION

- Sector: Water supply
management, water
engineering
- Contracting Officer: Rawia
Istanbuli, USAID/Jordan
- Project Duration: 3 base years +
two 1-year option periods
- Total Estimated Cost/Amount
Range: $10M - $12M
- Closing Date: July 11, 2019, 04:30 p.m. (Amman Time)

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The National Water Strategy 2016 - 2025 prepared by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) in Jordan states that Non Revenue Water (NRW) is one of the major issues that impact the water supply availability in Jordan.
The Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) placed NRW reduction as one of their highest priorities to sustain the water sector in the medium to long-term and maintain adequate resources to meet future demands. Reduction of NRW is also important at the utility level. Reducing NRW will not only generate extra income to the water utilities, it will significantly reduce the operational costs to treat and pump the lost water. Reducing NRW means that water utilities will collect more revenue from the same amount of water treated and distributed, which will provide additional funds for reinvesting in the maintenance of local water networks and ensuring its sustainability: a "virtuous cycle".

The USAID-Funded Management Engineering Services Contract (MESC) - PHASE I aimed at reducing NRW in Amman, Zarqa, Madaba, and Aqaba through different measures, including isolation, restructuring, and rehabilitation of water distribution zones, disconnecting redundant networks, leak detection and repair, procurement of maintenance equipment, replacement of meters, and pressure control using state-of-the-art systems.

Engicon of Jordan was contracted to be the FARA consultant for this 5–year program, overseeing a 60 million USD investment budget, as well as creating the institutional framework that allows for better management of NRW.

USAID and Government of Jordan have signed two Umbrella Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreements (FARAs) for NRW Project Phase I and II with total estimated cost of $212.1 million. The NRW Phase I started in January 1, 2015, and ends on September 30, 2019. The NRW Phase II Umbrella FARA started on August 5, 2018, and ends on December 30, 2023. The NRW Phase II includes more procurement of NRW-reduction equipment, restructuring and isolation of new District Metering Areas (DMAs), pressure management, replacement of old pipes, leak detection and repair,and installation/replacement of water meters, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and other equipment, as necessary.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The USAID-Funded Management Engineering Services Contract (MESC) - PHASE II is intended to build the water utilities’ self-reliance by improving their capacities in planning, construction activity, design, cost estimation, procurement, and management; assist water utilities with strengthening its operations and maintenance program; and assist with the development of systematic procedures to collect, manage, and use data and information deriving from utility operations. Construction activities undertaken through the different phases of the NRW Project will be a platform for MESC to use in this capacity building effort.

ANTICIPATED DELIVERY APPROACHES

Technical Assistance for NRW Construction Works 
The activity will include the improvement of the capacities of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation entities including water utilities, the Water Authority of Jordan, and the Jordan Valley Authority to autonomously manage infrastructure upgrades related to NRW project activities 

Water Utilities Administration Assistance
Activities under this component must support the Ministry of Water and Irrigation including water utilities, the Water Authority of Jordan, and the Jordan Valley Authority to understand the performance of their system, to quantify the magnitude of NRW losses, better manage their resources, and to prioritize infrastructure repair and upgrade efforts.

POTENTIAL PARTNERS

Information and photo sources: https://www.tetratech.com/en/projects/jordan-water-management-initiative http://www.engicon.com/index.php/services/water

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