Jordan to trade desalinated water with Israel 23Aug13 August 23, 2013

Palestine News Network    -    22 August 2013

dead_sea_340_220Jordan will sell part of the water produced by its planned Red Sea desalination project to Israel in return for about 50 million cubic meters of drinking water a year from the Tiberias reservoir, the Jordan Times reported.

Abdullah Mansour, Jordan’s Prime Minister said that the government will sell Israel water at a rate of 1 dinar ($1.41) a cubic meter and buy from the country at a rate of JD 0.3 a cubic meter.

He also said that the process will help save Jordan the effort and cost of conveying water from the south to the northern governorates of Irbid, Jerash, Ajloun and Mafraq.

The newspaper reported that Jordan will seek bids this year for a $980 million project to transfer water from the Red Sea to a desalination plant with capacity of 200 million cubic meters a year, citing Minister of Water and Irrigation Hazem Nasser.

Nasser said that Jordan does not need to sign a new agreement with Israel for the water swap, noting that it is all covered by Article 2 of the peace treaty signed with Israel in 1994, according to the Jordan Times.

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