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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Greywater in the Holy Land, Redux

Colleague Sharon Megdal who is the Director of the Arizona Water Resources Research Center sent me this write-up from the intranet newsletter of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regarding their work (and hers) on greywater reuse in Jordan. The Rainbow Water Coalition has previously profiled greywater in Jordan here, here, and here. Because the newsletter falls within the ADEQ intranet, it is not possible to link to it, so apologies in advance for the quality of the posting (click to enlarge).

Arizona is one of the states adopting greywater reuse in their water resources planning portfolio through regulations and sensible Best Management Practices. The Rainbow Water Coalition is hopeful that their visit and Arizona's experience with strange water practices like Fountain Hills located near Phoenix provided some inspiration to rethinking the planned Star Trek theme park near Aqaba.

Their photograph essay (click to enlarge) shows the group visiting to the ancient city of Jerash located north of Amman. I visited this place during my recent trip and like most cool places, photographs don't do it justice. One of the interesting sites within Jerash is the column manufacturing *center* which from my inspection was powered by a water wheel. Apparently the climate was a little different than today.

Put Jerash on your list of places to visit, in fact, add the country of Jordan. It is truly a place of beauty and not affected by the extreme political changes associated with the Arab Spring.
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Jordan has a strange, haunting beauty and a sense of timelessness. Dotted with the ruins of empires once great, it is the last resort of yesterday in the world of tomorrow. I love every inch of it. 
King Hussein I

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