The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent agency that supports U.S. foreign policy objectives and advances long-term economic growth in developing nations. To that end, USAID implements and funds projects that improve agriculture, trade, global health, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. Jordan is one of the ten most water-deprived countries in the world. Lack of water will be one of the most serious challenges to Jordan’s future economic growth. With a population of 5.6 million people, which is expected to double by 2029, the already low availability of water will be halved. Jordan’s political stability and economic prospects depend heavily on their own ability to manage scarce water resources. The USAID program in Jordan, developed in close co-operation with the Jordanian Government, has contributed $2.3 billion since 1997 to address pressing needs. Assistance to the water sector comprises the largest part of the USAID technical assistance program and has been used by Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation to strengthen water management policies, enhance effective allocation and utilization of resources, and expand and rehabilitate water supply systems.
The Wadi Ma’in Zara and Mujib Water Treatment and Conveyance Project is an example of the effectiveness of USAID that will benefit 2.5 million Jordanian residents. The Design-Build-Operate project includes the construction of a water treatment plant near the Dead Sea to treat saline water from three nearby wadis and a water conveyance system to increase potable water supplies to the Greater Amman area by 40%.
The project construction contract was awarded to The Morganti Group Inc., while the project engineering supervision services contract was awarded to Black & Veatch. With the help of many implementing partners, and a budget of $125 million (with $104m from USAID), the project began with approximately 130,000 feet of 40” steel pipe. The Morganti Group awarded the contract to Northwest Pipe Company for the supply of 9,500 tons of welded steel pipe protected with Madison Chemical’s market leading polyurethane technology. Northwest Pipe’s Parkersburg, West Virginia facility experienced “greater production rates than anticipated” when they lined the pipe interior with 20 mils of Madison’s CorroPipe II PW and coated the exterior with 25 mils of Madison CorroPipe II Omni. But another significant advantage of Madison polyurethane over competitive technologies was realized during the shipment of the pipe from the U.S to Jordan. The logistics of container shipments that go from rail to port, ship to ship and from ship to truck can be overwhelming and the possibility of handling damage is vastly increased. When you have a global team of inspectors and engineers anticipating the arrival of the largest project of polyurethane coated pipe to date, it must exceed performance expectations and arrive in pristine condition.
The outstanding impact and abrasion resistance of Madison’s 100% solids polyurethane was proven once again on this demanding project and positive feedback has been received from all stakeholders involved in USAID’s efforts to improve Jordan’s municipal water infrastructure.