Dead Sea to Get Water From Red Sea

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The Dead Sea, bordering the Middle Eastern countries of Israel and Jordan, and the Palestine territories, is reportedly losing water, with the surface receding at the rate of around three feet annually, due to irrigation water taken out of its tributary, the River Jordan.


The Dead Sea, bordering the Middle Eastern countries of Israel and Jordan, and the Palestine territories, is reportedly losing water, with the surface receding at the rate of around three feet annually, due to irrigation water taken out of its tributary, the River Jordan.

An agreement has been signed by officials from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority in an effort to save the Dead Sea from disappearing by bringing water from the Red Sea to a desalination plant in Jordan and piping the resulting brine to the Dead Sea.

Hydroelectric energy will be used to power the desalination process that will also provide drinking water for the area.

The deal was signed at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. with a projected cost of between 250 and 400 million dollars.

The Dead Sea not only provides water for the area, but is also popular with the health and tourism industry thanks to its unique mineral properties.

These industries are threatened by the loss of water, which some estimates say could disappear by 2050. However, environmental advocacy groups are also concerned over the possible effects of the brine on the area’s fragile ecosystem.

What do you think about the plan to bring brine from the Red Sea to restore the Dead Sea’ s water level?

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