The Water, Energy and Environment Center (WEEC) at the University of Jordan was established in 1982 where the scope of research and activities had focused on water related issues with the main goal of solving real problems in water management, treatments and reuse, groundwater management, irrigation and hydrological monitoring. Such goal can be achieved through fundamental and applied thematic research, which is of primary importance to arid and semi-arid areas such as Jordan, where water resources are limited and demand is growing. It was designed to be and to act as the research arm for the water related ministries, departments and authorities. The center had broaden its function to include the environmental and energy issues due their interdisciplinary nature and to cope with water-food-energy nexus as the core of sustainable development. There is also a need for joint water-energy policies and better understanding of the susceptibility of water to energy and vice versa.
The center concentrate on the following areas:
1. Water and Environment
That include research and studies on the management and protection of the water resources, integrated water resources management, hydrological monitoring, groundwater, irrigation management, environmental issues, wastewater treatment and reuse and environmental impacts. It will also provide services in the area of monitoring, environmental awareness and environmental engineering design and participate in the development of environmental legislation, conferences, seminars and training programs in the areas of water and the environment.
2. Renewable energy
The research areas in energy include renewable energy such as solar and wind, energy storage in batteries and others, efficiency of end uses such as in building and water uses, and energy economics and policies
3. Training and consultancy
The center provide training in the above areas in form of regular and tailored training courses. The center also organizes workshop and conferences at the local, regional and international levels. Consultancy services can be provided to public and private entities in the above areas.
4. Laboratory services
The center is equipped with certified water quality laboratories to carry out chemical and biological analysis for researchers. These facilities are available to the public and private sectors. The center has carried out water quality analysis for different hospitals and hotels