Jordan’s first female plumbers breaking taboos and helping to solve the country’s water crisis

Jordan’s first female plumbers are helping reduce water waste in a country where water is scarce.

Under the Water Wise Women’s initiative, local women as well as Syrian refugees are being trained to be plumbers.

Jordan is suffering from one of the world’s worst water shortage crises, exacerbated by increased demand from an influx of more than 600,000 Syrian refugees. Moreover, around 40% of the water distributed to homes across Jordan is lost through illegal wells and faulty pipes.

According to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, it is estimated that by 2025 Jordan’s water needs will exceed its resources by more than 26%.

To speed things up, and to raise awareness and education levels about water saving, the country has now trained more than 300 women in a profession traditionally reserved for men – plumbing.

Under the Water Wise Women programme, partly funded by the German government’s Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the trained women are expected to disseminate the technology and information within their community, and to reach out to at least 20-25 other women.

The women are given funding for travel for this outreach, and at the end of the course, each participant receives a box of tools. After training, the women are then able to fix leaks in their own homes as well as in their female neighbours’ houses. Those that are interested can join the commercial cooperative.

In the 15 areas that have Water Wise Women groups, the Ministry for Water and Irrigation found there has been a 30-40% reduction in household water consumption.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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