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In pictures: Dead Sea water level continues to dropThe Dead Sea water level continues to drop. In light of the serious situation, the Lobby for Saving the Dead Sea held a special conference. One solution to the problem is the Red Sea–Dead Sea Water Conveyance initiative, led by Jordan and Israel.
Watch: The Dead Sea water level continues to drop
Year after year, the Dead Sea's water level is steadily decreasing as one of Israel's most significant and rare natural assets shrinks before our eyes. In 1976, the Dead Sea measured at only 390 meters below sea level; today, the Dead Sea sits at 431 meters below sea level.
According to Toby Shore, head of the Sea Infrastructure Division of Dead Sea Works, 150 million cubic meters of water are pumped out of the Dead Sea annually by Dead Sea factories. In addition, the Dead Sea- being a terminal water source, with water flowing into it but not out of it - is losing water through the natural process of evaporation. As the water continues to evaporate, the salt and mineral concentration in the Dead Sea increases.
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One solution to the existing problem is a huge project dubbed the Red Sea–Dead Sea Water Conveyance initiative, the largest infrastructure project in the Middle East. The project is led by Israel and Jordan and supported by other countries such as the U.S. and Japan. As part of the project, water is moved from the Red Sea to the desalination plant in Aqaba and then released into the Dead Sea through pipes in order to increase the water level.
“The project will begin in 2022, in another five years,” said Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi during a special conference that was held by the Lobby for Saving the Dead Sea last week. “It isn’t a perfect solution but it the beginning of an opposite trend.” Last week, JOL News reported that a historic water deal was reached by Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
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