In a desert town infamous for its environmental adversities, a public school for girls is hosting a project that has won an international award for setting a strong example in using alternative water resources for irrigation and reusing water for sustainable sanitation.
In Dulail Municipality, some 50 kilometres east of Amman, the schoolgirls spend their midday break sitting in the shade of indigenous trees that are irrigated by the greywater their school generates.
The small system installed in the school’s backyard receives the greywater, treats it and then pumps it to irrigate the garden.
The initiative has won the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance’s (SuSanA) prize held as part of the Stockholm World Water Week 2017 for setting up a learning case and an upscale model throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.
The Rural Family Society, a newly established NGO based in the Azraq Municipality, installed the system at the school under its Youth Participation in Local Environmental Development in the Eastern Desert Project.
[Photo by Wahab Jin | Flickr]