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Water Ministry raids farms pumping water illegally

By JT - Feb 12,2018 - Last updated at Feb 12,2018

AMMAN — Water Ministry personnel, accompanied by security forces, have conducted raids on farms after receiving tip-offs of illegal wells being used to pump thousands of cubic metres of water to irrigate plants in Irbid, Mafraq and Amman.

The illegal wells were sealed and the ministry personnel prepared reports to be referred to court in order to proceed with legal action, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The ministry banned the drilling of wells in 1998 to limit random pumping of water, in order to preserve aquifers from depletion and salinity. 

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