July 2nd, 2007
As some of you read on the newspapers. Tomorrow will be the announcement and launching of the new Amman water company, “The Jordan water company- Miyahuna”.
Although the official name of the company has the word Jordan. But it’s only responsible for the water distribution in Amman’s only.
This company is not only going to replace LEMA, but it is also going to take over some of the WAJ “Water Authority of Jordan” responsibilities regarding Amman. The new company has a full authority over Amman. It is a private company owned by the government.
I was honored to work with Miyahuna team over the pass few months. I almost meet the whole 1200 employee in the company. Before that I was only seeing water coming out of the tap, but now I see beyond that. I was always get pissed when I don’t receive my weekly shares of water, but now it’s different.
I wanted to post about this because our research showed that people lack knowledge and awareness about water issues and services in Jordan. There are lots of challenges which face the new company. I really would like you all to know. And even if it was private, people inside the company feels that they are doing a notional duty. Because water is the core of life, and without it we can’t live. This is why I believe that the decision of making it owned by the government is a smart decision and I have a positive feeling about it.
The 1998 water crisis of Zay is still a black mark on Amman’s water services. It is one of the biggest challenges that Miyahuna should face. To regain trust in water quality is not something easy. Technically they have done an amazing job. But still at the Public Relation level, they have lots of work to do. People should really know how things run inside, and the level of water quality and monitoring. I have visited Zay Water Treatment Plant and it was amazing how things are advanced there. I think this plant should be open for public.
The other big challenge that Miyahuna faces is the huge increase of Amman’s area, buildings and population. Which means there are lots of work regarding building new infrastructure and supplying these new areas with water. There are also other challenges regarding improving the quality f services. Reducing water theft and making this company sustain.
At the end let’s remember that Jordan is one of the 10 poorest countries in world regarding water. So when you see the amount of work and how these guys managed to supply people of water all these years you will be amazed. Therefore being a private company does not mean that we don’t have 2 way responsibilities. We should always think responsible when we talk about water in Jordan. Because really I thing we are standing on cliff edge and we might fall if we don’t look carefully.
Always remember that when you pay your bill, you are not paying for the price of water, you are paying for the effort of 1200 employee who are working hard to provide you with clean water. Yes… the water you receive is clean, so chick your tank.