Sunday, May 18, 2014

Infrastructure Development in the Middle Jordan Valley

Operation Mercy Jordan is studying a community request for help in the rehabilitation of the canal system which carries water from the Kafrein Dam to service approximately 10,000 dunum of land in the Middle Ghor.  The land is used by both large and smallholder farmers who regularly contribute to it's maintenance through monthly cleaning of trash and sediment from the canal.  This infrastructure is now 80 years old and significantly debilitated along a 60 to 70 meter section causing roughly 50% carriage losses along that very short section of the canal.  The concrete canal is 1.2 meters wide and only 40cm deep making it a small but vital piece of infrastructure for the southern Jordan Valley. 

A well functioning section of the Kafrein Canal - Note the unbroken concrete walls above the water line

A broken portion of the canal near the Kafrein Dam - Note the water flowing underneath the concrete

A section of the Kafrein Canal slab just beneath the diversion weir that has been broken up entirely - Note the complete absence of the concrete slab at the waterline contributing to major carriage losses

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