Programme profile

WIT: Water Innovation Technologies

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Location
Jordan
Main implementer
Mercy Corps
Donor
USAID
Duration
2018 - 2022
Total budget
US $35 million
Annual budget
US $8.7 m (approx.)

Project description / objective

The USAID-funded Water Innovation Technologies Project (WIT) aims to provide improved knowledge, skills and access to innovative technologies that will help save 18.5 million cubic metres of water usage in agriculture and households by the year 2022.

The project uses the market system approach to help create widespread and lasting adoption of water-saving practices and technologies for agriculture and household use.

Market system focus

1. Agriculture

The largest component of the project involves using market systems to reduce over-use of water on medium-sized farms. The farms are between 20 and 100 hectares of  olive, grapes and stone fruit trees.

Around 350 of these farms are in the current targeted governorates. Research shows that they over-irrigate as much as five times more than is necessary. The programme focuses on improving the market for water-saving irrigation systems and practices.

2. Household

The second primary component of the project focuses on household water-use and leveraging market systems to increase the use of water-saving devices in homes.

This component is focusing on a variety of different technologies. These include working with market actors including water-saving device manufacturers and distributors, plumbers, grey-water system dealers, and landlords.

Programme interventions

1. Agriculture

Objective
Increasing farmer knowledge and access to water-saving irrigation technologies.

Interventions

  • Supporting irrigation suppliers to set up demonstration plots and host field days – not something that is commonly done for agricultural equipment in Jordan. The demo sites highlight technologies such as automated irrigation systems, improved filtering, pressure compensated water emitters and other water-saving technology.
  • Connecting irrigation suppliers to financial institutions to enable them to increase sales of irrigation systems to farmers on credit.
  • Providing training directly, and through private training providers, to irrigation suppliers on various topics such as marketing and irrigation system design. This, together with activities to build relationships between farmers and irrigation suppliers, will help to set up the suppliers as technical advisors to the farmers.

2. Household

Objective
Increasing household knowledge and access to water-saving technologies for the home.

Interventions

  • Supporting water-saving device suppliers to improve marketing activities to households and plumbers and expand distribution networks to targeted areas.
  • Instituting a revolving loan fund operated by community-based organisations in partnership with local construction businesses to help make water catchment systems more affordable to rural households.
  • Testing and supporting commercialisation of grey-water systems that can turn “grey water” into water that is usable for home gardens or other uses.
  • Piloting and promoting lease agreements with landlords that provide incentives to renters to decrease their water usage.

[uploaded January 2019]

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