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Addressing antibiotic resistance in the Jordan Valley (led by IWMI)

The ReWaterMENA project is a multi-partner, four-year initiative that started in 2018 to expand the safe reuse of water in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The project is funded by Sida and led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The project is regional in scope and has specific activities in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. In Jordan, activities are conducted in partnership with the Royal Scientific Society. Through the request of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in Jordan, the ReWaterMENA project is collecting baseline data and studying the long term risks of reusing treated wastewater in north Jordan valley. In Particular, IWMI and RSS are investigating sources and levels of pollution of antibiotic resistance genes and pharmaceutical residues in agricultural chains irrigated with related wastewater. These chains include irrigation water (treated wastewater) soil and crops in middle part of the Jordan valley.