The Environmental Footprint

The environmental footprint of the Greater Irbid is characterised by 88 l/day of fresh water resources per person (Irbid Governorate) of which 70% is used by agriculture, 4% by industry and 26% by households. Excluding agricultural water consumption, much less than 50% of the water consumed goes through a sewage treatment. Waste generation per capita is estimated at 0.6 kg per day (Irbid Governorate level). Solid waste arriving at Akaider landfill from Greater Irbid is 300 tonnes per day as well as a good quantity of liquid waste. The seven hospitals in Irbid generate 960 kg per day of hospital waste. Major environmental related problems are indoor sanitation, industrial waste, hazardous materials transported by road and gas/chemical household products.