Jordan Plans To Save the Dead Sea, Emphasizing Desalination

12 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Jordan Plans To Save the Dead Sea, Emphasizing Desalination</h1><p>April 12-- Jordan's Water Resources Minister Zafir al-Alim said today that Jordan is considering a proposal which contains three phases to save the Dead Sea, which is drying out fast. The first phase of the project would bring water from the Red Sea to the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. This would involve construction of some 115-mile long pipeline carrying 1.9 billion cubic meters of water at a cost of about $1 billion.</p><p>The second phase would involve desalination of water in order to run generators for producing hydroelectric power stations serving Jordan, Israel and Palestinian territories.</p><p>The third stage would involve constructing channels to bring desalinated water for agricultural, commercial and domestic uses.</p><p>At the water conference in Singapore, reported in AFP, senior government officials announced on April 11 that desalination and recycling of water are the key to protect the world from water starvation in the future. "The concern has taken a greater importance with the increased frequency and prolonged periods of droughts being experienced worldwide," said Muhammad Said al-Kindi, United Arab Emirate's Minister for Environment and Water.</p></div></body>