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Conference paper - Peer-reviewed, 2007

Meeting the Dublin Principles in Graywater Management in Rural Communities in the Northeastern Badia of Jordan

Assayed, Al Moayed Khalil; Suleiman, W.; Hayek, B.; Dalahmeh, Sahar Saleim Saleh


The main objective of this paper was to document the experience of the Royal Scientific Society in the integrated management of graywater in Jordanian rural communities. This paper presents interim results of an ongoing project and illustrates the extent of conformity to the water management principles adopted at the International Conference on Water and the Environment in Dublin in 1992. Several meetings were held with community members in the project area and a Local Stakeholder Committee (LSC) of the community members at all levels was formed. Several field visits to wastewater treatment and reuse projects were organized for LSC and other community representatives. A training workshop that targeted LSC and other community members, and focused on Participatory Rapid Appraisal tools and methodologies was conducted. Public awareness campaigns were undertaken by an NGO working in the project area. Graywater quality and quantity generated by six households in Abu Al- Farth village were investigated to evaluate the feasibility of reuse for irrigation and to assess treatment requirements. The daily graywater generation rates were 150-200 L per family. Organic contents, solids, and E. coli levels were relatively high, as were macronutrients. On-site treatment units (a septic tank followed by an intermittent sand filter) were constructed and began operating in March 2006; providing reclaimed water for restricted irrigation. The study showed that following the Dublin principles (saving freshwater, adopting participatory approaches, enhancing gender issues, and viewing water as an economic good) in water management even in small cases would ensure sustainability and successful management.

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Book title: Sustainable Management of Wastewater for Agriculture : Proceedings of the First Bridging Workshop
ISBN: 92-9127-213-4
Publisher: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas; International Water Management Institute


First Bridging Workshop

Authors' information

Assayed, Al Moayed Khalil
Royal Society of Science
Suleiman, W.
Royal Society of Science
Hayek, B.
Royal Society of Science
Dalahmeh, Sahar Saleim Saleh (Dalahmeh, Sahar Saleim Saleh)
Royal Society of Science

UKÄ Subject classification

Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology

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