The mission of the Umm el-Jimal Project is to provide “a holistic approach that integrates traditional academic research with cutting-edge technology and a deeply-rooted community perspective” when working on the archaeological site in Umm el-Jimal, Jordan (Umm el-Jimal Project). Because Jordan is the country with the ninth least total internal renewable water resources per capita of only 89.8 cubic meters (Knoema), the Umm el-Jimal Project has partnered with the Clean Water Institute of Calvin College and Team CamelBack to reactivate several of the 38 Roman-era water storage reservoirs to supplement the water source currently being used by the surrounding community. These reservoirs are labeled below.
The team focused on maximizing the water collected, transmitting the water to a centralized storage site, evaluating the potential for centralized water treatment for potable use, and maintaining the historical integrity of the archeological site. To maximize the amount of water collected by the reservoirs, channel improvements were proposed. The water from the reservoirs would then flow to an off-site centralized storage site via gravity and pumped flow through existing and proposed channels. This centralized storage site could serve many purposes, including being a distribution point where people can come to buy water, being a centralized storage reservoir from which water may be pumped to different locations where the Umm el-Jimal project determines it is needed, or being equalization storage for a water treatment process. Centralized treatment of water for potable was designed to give the Umm el-Jimal Project a better understanding of its feasibility.