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I worked in a project to create sustainability for reclaimed water reuse. Dry land created nomads without income. We pulled reclaimed water from water treatment plants into the desert and gave 40 farmers and their families 40 pieces of land to plant with alpha alpha. This created fast crops, fast gains, starting 2$K – 2$K / year and up to 5,000 $ or more after 3 years (as some fruit trees were added). The farmers had to be taught how to maintain their projects, irrigate, etc. The reclaimed water needed no fertilizers. The project was a success and 40 families were added to the project, including women farmers. Civic society evolved with revolving funds. The project became sustainable and farmers paid nominal fees for cubic meter of reclaimed water. In some areas, water came through piping, in others via tanks. However, pipes provide better options and more environmentally friendly. Dates, olive trees and grapes, papaya ...proved well, tolerant and yielded good lab results when tests were done on soil, leaves, plants and fruits. For landscaping projects, in dry areas, it was shown in the a****sment survey that people felt happier. For that, heat toerant plants that required little water were used. Reclaimed water was also used. An outreach campaign was organized for the communities to understand how to deal with reclaimed water and how to handle it with caution.
Reference Project: CDM / USAID Rial Project. 4 Implementation Sites in Jordan.