002- Human Impact
As Jordan’s population continues to rise, the increased demand for water is currently met by overdrawing ground water. This unsustainable practice is reducing the quality of water and will drain aquifers in just a few years. Much of the Azraq Oasis has been lost due to the overdrawing of its ground water, greatly impacting indigenous wildlife and migrant birds. Surface freshwater is also increasingly diverted to cities, causing the Dead Sea to shrink rapidly.
The three main aquifers in Jordan are under Amman, Azraq, and Disi (north of Wadi Rum).