Red Sea Jordan plans to refill Dead Sea using water from Red Sea The Jordanian government has announced its plans to extract over 10 billion cubic feet of water per year from the Red Sea and send most of it to a desalination plant to produce drinking water. The salty wastewater will then be sent from the desalination plant to the Dead Sea by tunnel. Jordanian Water Minister Maysoun Zu’bi says the project will begin as soon as funding has been arranged.

Environmentalists warn that the endeavour could damage the ecosystem of both seas. Mixing two types of saltwater could produce algae blooms in the Dead Sea, and some environmentalists also fear that the extraction of saltwater will increase the Salinity of the Red Sea.

Dead Sea info

The Dead Sea is a salt lake shared by Jordan and Israel. Its surface and shores are 422 meters below sea level, which is the lowest elevation on the Earth’s surface on dry land. With almost 34% salinity, the Dead Sea is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world and 8.6 times as salty as the ocean.

During recent decades, the Dead Sea as shrunk rapidly, chiefly due to the diversion of incoming water from the Jordan River. The diverted water is used for households, agriculture and industry. In 1970, the Dead Sea was 395 meters below sea level. In 2006, that number had increased to 418 meters.

The Dead Sea level drop has been followed by a drop in groundwater level and large sinkholes have begun to appear along the western shore.