A Holistic Water Solution For Underserved and Refugee Host Communities in Lebanon and Jordan
Arizona State University and an international consortium of co-creators are leading a two-year, nearly $2 million USAID project to bring clean drinking water systems to the Middle East. Holistic Water Solutions will bring certified potable water to residents and refugees in areas of greatest need within Lebanon and Jordan.
Holistic Water Solutions integrates cutting-edge technology, sustainable business models, entrepreneurial training for women, and extensive community engagement. Among its key objectives is to assess how reliably this system meets long-term water security needs within the complex socio-economic conditions of the Middle East. This project was developed directly with USAID’s Middle East Water Security Initiative, under USAID’s new cocreation procurement process.
Potable water sources are developed by tapping nontraditional water resources through two cutting-edge methods:
- Treatment of groundwater through reverse osmosis to eliminate salts and contaminants, to provide water at the community level
- Conversion of atmospheric water vapor, to provide water at the household level
Combining these two water sources with an affordable and portable water storage solution and a reliable power source will increase the availability of potable water by 20 percent in 18 communities, 9 in each country.