Published On: Thu, Feb 26th, 2015

Israel, Jordan, Sign ‘Red-Dead’ Deal to Replenish Dead Sea

Israel would also release 13.5 billion gallons more water from the Sea of Galilee, its largest reservoir, to Jordan, above the water-sharing agreed to in the 1994 peace deal between the two countries.

Dead Sea

The governments of Israel and Jordan have signed a major agreement to build a desalination plant near the Jordanian tourist resort of Akaba, with the goal of working together to replenish the Dead Sea.

Through the “Red-Dead” agreement, water that remains highly salty after going through the desalination process will be transferred to the Dead Sea, whose water is known for its saltiness.

The plant will be built in the southern Jordanian port of Aqaba on the Red Sea and will desalinate water to be shared by Israelis and Palestinians. The brine that is a byproduct of the process will be sent north in a 112-mile (180-km) pipeline to the Dead Sea, Reuters reported.

The project will cost around $900 million. It will take nearly three years to complete.

Under the agreement, Nasser said, Israel would also release 13.5 billion gallons more water from the Sea of Galilee, its largest reservoir, to Jordan, above the water-sharing agreed to in the 1994 peace deal between the two countries.

Israeli Energy Minister Silvan Shalom visited Jordan on Thursday for an official ceremony that marked the signing of the Israel-Jordan agreement.

“This is a historic agreement, ” Shalom said. “Today we realize the vision of Binyamin Ze’ev Herzl, the visionary of the state, who already at the end of the 19th century understood the need to revive the Dead Sea. This is the most important and significant agreement since the peace treaty was signed with Jordan [in 1994].”

“The deal will help satisfy Jordan’s increasing water needs for development, ” Jordan’s water minister, Hazem al Nasser, said after the agreement was signed.

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