Construction of new Israeli pipes to double Jordan's water intake

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AMMAN — Israel has built a series of desalinated Mediterranean Sea water plants, which will let it double the amount of water it sells to Jordan, due to a surplus, according to Reuters. اضافة اعلان

This agreement is under a broader water-for-energy deal between Jordan and Israel.

According to Reuters, the water is fresh, of high quality, and expensive.

"All the extra water that (the plants) are producing, we will be able to bring it with the national water carrier system up north and into the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias)," said Yoav Barkay, who manages the Israeli national carrier at Mekorot.

The refill system may be used more frequently with water exports to Jordan on the rise, he said. It can raise the lake's level by half a meter each year, according to Mekorot.

Water was a major component in the peace treaty the neighbors signed in 1994. The arrangement was for Israel to supply Jordan with 50 million cubic meters of drinkable water a year.

That was doubled in late 2021.

200 million cubic meters of waterAround a year ago Israel and Jordan agreed to partner in a project that would see Jordan build 600 megawatts of solar generating capacity to be exported to Israel in return for the additional water supply, Reuters reported.

Jordan’s minister of water and irrigation at the time said that climate change and an influx of refugees exacerbated Jordan’s water challenges, but that there are opportunities for regional cooperation to solve it.

Construction is now underway on a pipeline to again double the amount that will reach Jordan, industry officials told Reuters.

That means some 200 million cubic meters of water — the same amount consumed by the five biggest cities in Israel combined — will be supplied to Jordan.

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