Jordan and Israel will trade water in new venture

The Sea of Galilee is Israel's biggest fresh water source. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Jordanian Prime Minister Abdalla Ensour and his cabinet approved a new plan to trade water with Israel.  In a new Red Sea desalination project expected to cost $1 billion, Jordan will sell part of the resulting water to Israel in exchange for water from the Tiberias reservoir.

Middle East countries are known to face chronic water shortages.

“We will sell Israel water at a rate of JD1 (1 Jordanian dollar) per cubic meter and buy from them at a rate of JD0.3 per cubic meter. This process will save us the effort and cost of conveying water from the south to the northern governorates,” Ensour said, the Jordan Times reported.

According to Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation Hazem Nasser, the agreement is legal based on Article 2 of the peace treaty signed with Israel in 1994 and is of “strategic national interest” to Jordan.    

Posted on August 22, 2013 .