Better Red than Dead: Israel hails ‘historic’ pipeline deal with Palestinian Authority, Jordan to save sinking sea
Israel hailed an “historic agreement” Monday that it claimed would save the sinking Dead Sea by linking it with the Red Sea through a 180-kilometre underground pipeline.
The Red-Dead Conduit deal was due to be signed by Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority at the World Bank headquarters in Washington after years of deliberation and feasibility studies.
The project is expected to see 100,000 litres of water a year pumped northwards from a desalination plant to be built at the Gulf of Aqaba in Jordan, near the mouth to the Red Sea.
Some will be distributed to Israel, Jordan and the occupied West Bank while four pipes will pump the rest to the Dead Sea.
Water levels in the Dead Sea, whose banks are in Israel and Jordan, have dropped by more than 24 metres in the past 50 years – with experts forecasting that it could be dried up by 2050 at current rates of decline. (Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)