Mideast: Israel-Jordan-PNA deal on Red Sea and Dead Sea

To desalinate sea water. Four pipelines to be built

09 December, 17:58

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    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV- Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority on Monday are scheduled to sign in Washington, at the World Bank headquarters, a sweeping agreement to desalinate Red Sea water and to save the Dead Sea which has been shrinking for decades.

    After over a year and a half of secret negotiations, the Israeli Minister for Regional Development Silvan Shalom revealed in an interview published on Monday the details of the deal which provides for the construction in Jordan in the next few years of four pipelines bringing water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea 400 metres below sea level.

    Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation Hassam al-Nasser and Shadad Attili, head of the Palestinian water authority, will attend the ceremony on Monday.

    A canal had been planned in the same area in the 1990s but the project had not been implemented due to its high cost and the opposition of environmentalists.

    Under the current, more modest project, 200 million cubic metres of water will be drained every year from the Red Sea.

    Eighty million will be desalinated in Aqaba, Jordan, and then funneled to the North for Israeli and Jordanian farmers. The remaining water will be used to raise the Dead Sea's level.

    Palestinians will receive 30 million cubic metres of water from Israel coming from Lake Tiberias. The project, which also includes two new touristic lakes, should become effective in four to five years.(ANSAmed).

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