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Greywater Use in the Middle East: Technical, Social, Economic and Policy Issues

Edited By: Stephen McIIlwaine and Mark Redwood

178 pages, Figs, tabs

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jan 2010 | #184161 | ISBN-13: 9781853396984
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In water-scarce areas of the Middle East, greywater (household wastewater excluding toilet waste) is commonly used by poor communities to irrigate home gardens. This both supplements the water available to the household and improves food security. This book draws together material presented at a conference in Jordan in 2007, and examines the technical approaches to treating and using greywater for irrigation, including its associated risks to health and the environment. It discusses many of the non-technical issues that influence effectiveness and sustainability of greywater use.

It also takes a hard look at economic issues, arguing that more clarity and consistency from policymakers is essential if low-income, water-stressed communities are to make better and safer use of their existing water supplies. The book concludes by offering suggestions for where donor efforts and research could best be focused in the near future. "Greywater Use in the Middle East" is important reading for researchers, donors, implementing agencies, and policymakers, in the fields of water supply, water reuse, livelihoods and agriculture.


1. Introduction2. On-site greywater treatment in Qebia vilage, Palestine3. Greywater use in rural home gardens in Karak, Jordan4. Greywater management in the northeastern Badia of Jordan5. Stakeholder participation in greywater management in the Jordanian Badia6. Comparative socioeconomic study of greywater and cesspit systems in Ramallah, Palestine7. Can local people accept greywater technology?8. Lessons from a participatory approach to greywater use in Jordan9. Greywater use as a gender empowerment project in Tannoura, Lebanon10. Greywater use: Islamic perspectives11. Policy and regulatory approaches to greywateruse in the Middle East12. Conclusion

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Stephen McIlwaine is a chartered engineer and the director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment, Jordan. Mark Redwood is a programme leader for the Urban Poverty and Environment initiative at International Development Research Centre, Canada.

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