Jordanians urged to harvest and use rainwater at home


Published: 2018-10-25 14:14

Last Updated: 2018-10-25 18:23

Rainwater is used for non-drinking. (Sanicon)
Rainwater is used for non-drinking. (Sanicon)

The Ministry of Water and Irrigation (Water Authority) has urged citizens to take care not to connect rainwater gutters to sewage networks at home, and to take advantage of rainwater and harvest it for usage in their households.

Rainwater is used for non-drinking, and for everything else from washing clothes and dishes to bathing and flushing toilets, especially when there is a shortage of water.

Omar Salameh, Media and Communications Manager at the Water Authority, said on Thursday, October 25, 2018, that the ministry is taking the necessary precautions and measures to deal with the changing weather conditions that are set to affect the Kingdom within the next few hours and over the weekend.

Heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and dust storms are predicted to hit different parts of the country later today, while some areas, such as the Tafilah Governorate and northern Badia are already experiencing heavy dust storms, which has resulted in the closure of schools in the Badia region and Zaatari Refugee Camp to protect schoolchildren.

Salameh has warned farmers and citizens who reside in the Jordan Valley area from going near streams to avoid being swept away by potential torrents of water.

In case of emergency, citizens can call the Water Authority on 117116.