Drinking Water Treatment Techniques Training in Jordan

8 april 2022

From March 7 till 10 we hosted the Drinkwater Water Treatment Training in Jordan. With this training, Al-Balqa Applied University and World Water Academy strengthen their partnership towards providing sustainable solutions to the challenges of the water sector in Jordan. The training is set up in collaboration with IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and is part of the Orange Knowledge Project WATRA.


Kick off
To kick off the training, Gerard van Houwelingen and Bram Ooms, trainers and advisors at World Water Academy were received by his Excellency Prof. Ahmad Al-Ajlouni, President of Al-Balqa Applied University. They discussed the role of World Water Academy in jrd2implementing the activities of joint projects between Al-Balqa Applied University, World Water Academy and IHE Delft combined in the WATRA project. The kick off was reported by the Jordan media. Read more on https://alanbatnews.net/eng/article/361661.

Drinking Water Treatment Techniques Training
In the 4-day hands-on training participants learned which type of contaminants are removed in each treatment step. The setup of each step and the relevant parameters were explained and discussed interactively. Meanwhile, the participants learned more about the treatment system as a whole and became aware that an intervention in one of the process steps will have an impact in other parts of the system. The course ended with a brainstorm on possible innovations within the different water treatment plants of the participants and a field visit to water treatment plant Zara Ma’in. Due to the diverse backgrounds of the participants (from operators to mechanical and chemical engineers), they were also able to learn a lot from each other’s knowledge and practical experiences.

The training was well received by the participants, with a total score of 4.9 points out of 5.0:

“It was very useful  covering all types of water treatment techniques, specially ozone and the other disinfection techniques

“Excellent training. The field visit enriched the learning outcomes”

“The explanation of the treatment stages and the discussion about innovations for our situation in Jordan were very useful”

OKP project WATRA
WATRA (WAter Treatment and Reuse in Agriculture) is a collaboration project between Al-Balqa’ Applied University (BAU) in Jordan, IHE Delft and World Water Academy. The project is in coordination with the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation and is funded by Nuffic. It aims to contribute to end hunger, double smallholder productivity and income and ensure the sustainability and resilience of food production systems by 2030. The practical concept and experience of World Water Academy combined with the research, academic and local knowledge of our partners IHE Delft and Al-Balqa’ Applied University (BAU) creates a complementary collaboration for multiple level education. WATRA helps ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation by strengthening skills development for wastewater treatment and reuse in agriculture. Read more on https://bau.edu.jo/.