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For a small city in a water-poor country, Aqaba got lucky. The city of 110 000 sits on the Red Sea, on Jordan's only coastline. Residents get their water from 20 wells in the nearby Disi aquifer, a store of ancient groundwater that straddles the border with Saudi Arabia. While the rest of Jordan makes do with a few hours of water service a week, Aqaba's supply is uninterrupted.