An Arizona State University-led global consortium of technology and in-country partners will implement a two-year, $1.95 million US AID project to develop and test affordable, portable clean water solutions in the Middle East. Communities across the Middle East are facing severe water shortages.

Some communities rely on limited and variable water supplies without the infrastructure to adequately treat and transport the water.

In some instances, the relationship between local customs and constitutional governance, including different interpretations of the laws that govern water rights and water pricing, affect how water resources are developed and managed.

The US AID project, “A Holistic Water Solution for Underserved and Refugee Host Communities in Lebanon and Jordan,” will be implemented in 18 communities throughout Jordan and Lebanon, benefiting more than 36,000 people.

The team comprises Richard Rushforth, a project manager for the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives; Rhett Larson, a professor with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and an expert in Middle East water policy; and Nathan Johnson, an assistant professor at the ASU Polytechnic School, one of the six Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

They are joined in the consortium by public and private partners from across the globe focused on water security and development: H2O for Humanity, GreenCo Water, Mercy Corps, the René Moawad Foundation, and Zero Mass Water.

Rushforth, along with Joshua Fine, a project development associate at the René Moawad Foundation, participated in the co-creation workshop where Zero Mass Water, led by ASU’s Cody Friesen, and GreenCo Water were brought into the fold.