Groundwater-Flow Modelling of the Dead Sea Basin

Tender No. (50/ 2013)

Detailed Description of Project

Orient was awarded to undertake all relevant hydrological and hydro geological studies and assessments for the Groundwater-flow modelling of the Dead Sea Basin which is an additional Programme to the Jordan Deep Aquifers Modelling Project over the entire Basin

This study aims to develop a groundwater flow model for the shallow aquifers in the Dead Sea Basin(DSB) in order to provide the MWI with updated figures and foresights on the probable evolution of groundwater features within the Basin.

This requires providing update of the springs with their precise location and, if possible, the measurement of their baseflow discharge via field investigations along the valleys of the main wadis running to the Dead Sea. In addition, the assessment of the water contamination risk is important in order to get a better understanding of the hydraulic transfers between aquifers and wadis, especially in the DSB where the main groundwater outlets of the deep aquifers are located. Furthermore, assessing the contribution of the different aquifers to the wadis flow would enable the identification of the most important issues regarding the groundwater contamination and potential consequences on the water supply quality.

Characteristics of the different water bodies within the entire basin were declared through isotopes as well as CFC, 3H, and Carbon 14 tools. This leads to quantifying the aquifers discharge and related water ages

Type of Services Provided

Specialized studies were carried out to estimate water budget and usage for the basin in order to manage it’s water resources, services included hydrological, geological, hydrogeological, Remote sensing, GIS applications, water demand measurement, mathematical groundwater and surface water modeling, water quality, building capacity, logistic services and field survey

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Client Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI)
Country Jordan
Overall Project Value (USD) 400,000
Proportion carried out by Candidate (%) 100%
No of Staff Provided 140
Origin of Funding Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI)
Date 2013 - 2015 (20 months)