Groundwater Models of the Lower Jordan Valley

Authors: KIT, HEC, UGOE

Key Findings

  • The main input flow component of the Lower Jordan Valley alluvial aquifer is lateral groundwater inflow from the adjacent mountain flanks to the east (Jordan) and west (Palestine) of the Valley.
  • Abstraction by wells is the main flow component for the depletion of stored groundwater on both sides. A sharp decline in groundwater levels has been observed over the past 20 years in the central and southern parts of the valley on the Jordanian side as well as in Jericho and Auja areas on the Palestinian side.
  • There is potential for managed aquifer recharge (MAR) on both sides of the valley, which would increase groundwater resource availability and enhance managing the supply-demand in both areas.

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