Aquifer of the Hamad Groundwater Basin Catchment

Modelling and Simulation. Tender No. (139/2014)

Detailed Description of Project

Since Jordan is facing a future of very limited water resources that is among the lowest in the world on a per capita basis, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation MWI is working to find and develop a new alternative resources of water. Orient was awardred to undertake the groundwater flow modeling and simulation of aquifers study at Hammad Basin.

The intention of the study was to set up a groundwater flow model to conceptualize the understanding of the groundwater resources in Hamad basin, to simulate the current groundwater system, and to provide predictive scenarios to better manage water resources.

Orient Responsibilities were:

  1. Develop a three-dimensional groundwater flow model for Hamad Basin using MODFLOW for the shallow basalt/limestone complex System.
  2. Determine the safe yield for the Hamad basin.
  3. Investigate different scenarios for groundwater management of Hamad basin including the variation of the hydraulic parameters, abstraction, and the inflow such as recharge
  4. Building capacity for the MWI staff in the groundwater modelling fields.

Type of Services Provided

This project required integrated studies in order to develop a groundwater flow model for the Hamad Catchment, and  to investigate various scenarios for groundwater resources management and use. These studies included; data collection, hydrological, hydrogeological, geological, and groundwater modeling, and developping a geospatial database. Also, executing a specialized training program about Mathematical Modelling and GIS application in aquifer system assessment.

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Client Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI)
Country Jordan
Overall Project Value (USD) 100,000
Proportion carried out by Candidate (%) 100%
No of Staff Provided 35
Origin of Funding Jordan Valley Authority (JVA)
Date 2014 - 2015 (9 months)